Over 400 participants from 20 countries joined the 2nd International Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014) with the theme “Strengthening Resilience, Equity, and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems” on 12-13 November 2014 at the Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines. Participants were comprised of ARD experts from the academe and research institutions, government policymakers, local government executives and officials, private sector practitioners, representatives of civil society organisations, farmer leaders and groups, and other interested stakeholders from 20 countries.
The session on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) under the sub-theme “Sustainability and Poverty Reduction” was co-sponsored by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and convened by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). The program started off with a brief introduction of the topics to be discussed by EEPSEA Director Dr. Herminia A. Francisco, who also served as the session’s moderator. Studies presented for this parallel session revolve around adaptation behaviour of households and communities, and results of the economic analysis done on adaptation measures. Dr. Francisco also presented EEPSEA’s programs and the research projects it supports.
Three papers were presented under this session, which focus on household decisions on adaptation to extreme climate events in Southeast Asia, economic analysis of public and autonomous adaptation against climate hazards in coastal areas, and mediating analysis of factors that influence private flood mitigation behaviour. The APAN Regional Coordinator and Ministry of Environment of Japan (MOEJ) Representative also presented the role of networks in CCA efforts and their global adaptation network initiatives.