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International conference to zero in biodiversity and climate change in Southeast Asia
The link between biodiversity and climate change is not one-way: just as climate change alters the state of biodiversity, so can changes in biodiversity affect the world’s climate. This is the concern put into the limelight by this conference.
By: SEAMEO SEARCA
The two-day conference-workshop will be the culminating activity of the Philippine-Netherlands Biodiversity Research Programme (BRP) for Development in Mindanao: Focus on Mt. Malindang and its Environs implemented by SEARCA and funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation (DGIS) since July 2000. Capitalizing on this initiative and other lessons and experiences gained from the BRP, SEARCA endeavors to be more responsive to emerging regional concerns and other global developments, as it pertains to the environment and natural resources. One such regional and global concern is climate change.
The conference will provide the venue for a discussion of opportunities for adapting to and mitigating climate change, while enhancing the conservation of biodiversity in the region. To keynote the opening program is Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Thematic papers and case studies from participating countries will be presented on the first day. The second day will be a workshop or mini-roundtable discussion to identify the elements of a feasible regional research-for-
The event is jointly organized by SEARCA, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, World Agroforestry Centre, Bioversity International (formerly the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute or IPGRI), and Silliman University.
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Founded on 27 November 1966, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is mandated to strengthen institutional capacities in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia through graduate education, short-term training, research, and knowledge exchange. It serves the 11 countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.