CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR. Educators and scientists from 20 academic institutions and sectoral organizations gather around the speakers of the climate change seminar: (front row, left to right) Dr Maria Ana Quimbo, Dr Agnes Rola, and Dulce Elazegui (all from UP Los Baños College of Public Affairs and Development); UP Mindanao chancellor Dr Sylvia Concepcion; Kairos de la Cruz, senior policy analyst of Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities; and Rochelle Coronel, Marichu Obedencio, Dr Catherine Roween Almaden, and Caroline Serenas (all from Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan). Supplied photo. 

By Rene A Estremera

Educators and scientists from over 20 higher education institutions and sectoral organizations across Mindanao recently drew together at the "Climate Change Research: Methods, Techniques, Approaches, and Opportunities" seminar hosted by the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

The seminar was packed with talks on the following topics:

"Institutional and Policy Landscaping for Climate Risk Management" by Dulce Elazegui of UP Los Baños College of Public Affairs and Development (UPLB-CPAf);

"Climate Change Studies in Mindanao" by UP Mindanao Marine Biology associate professor Cleto Nañola;

"Water Security under Climate Risks: Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Agriculture Sector" by Dr Agnes Rola of UPLB-CPAf;

"Mainstreaming Climate Change in Curriculum Development, Instruction, and Extension" by Dr Maria Ana Quimbo of UPLB-CPAf; and

"Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities for Financing Climate-compatible Development in the Philippines” by Kairos de la Cruz from the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.

An open forum followed each talk where participants shared their best practices and challenges in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The activity was a collaborative undertaking of Xavier Ateneo’s Department of Economics, UP Los Baños, UP Mindanao, Tra Vinh University of Vietnam, and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.

The event formed part of the research project “Multidimensional Indicators of Adaptive Capacity of Rice Farming Households to Address Salt Water Intrusion in the Philippines and Vietnam,” funded under the Collaborative Research for Young Scientists (CRYS) Program of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research. The research team is led by Dr Catherine Roween Almaden of Xavier Ateneo, Dr Than Tung Diep of Tra Vinh University of Vietnam, and Dr Agnes Rola of UP Los Baños. ∎

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