Climate compatible development

Adapting to multiple and uncertain changes in the Mekong Region: Strategies for today and a +4C world

The development of the Mekong Region, and in particular its water and land resources, will occur in the context of multiple, profound and uncertain changes. SUMERNET is initiating a “regional assessment” to interpret the multiple potential changes in the context of sustainable development of the Mekong Region.

‘Useful’ Research and Policy Development: Social Forestry in ASEAN

The objective of the 6th CSO Forum on Social Forestry was to continue being the platform to discuss, distil, consolidate, and elevate messages and learnings of CSOs and smallholders on Social Forestry, Climate Change and related topics and develop concrete recommendations to be endorsed to the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry. Dr Nguon was invited as a speaker for the session on “Sharing on Lessons and Experience on how to Engage Regional Actors and Institutions”. This capacity building session aimed to draw experiences, lessons, and opportunities in engaging regional actors and institutions in securing forest rights and livelihoods. Using experiences from the SUMERNET supported research, Dr. Nguon outlined the detail of stakeholder engagement processes, its challenges and suggestions.

In the Mekong Region, climate change poses real threat to food security

Climate change is resulting in severe negative impacts on many food-producing areas of the Mekong Region, posing risks of food insecurity. Starting on 8 August, SEI and the UNEP 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) Sustainable Food Systems Programme and International Resource Panel (IRP) will be launching a five-week massive online open course (MOOC), Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia. This blogpost provides a preview of some of the issues to be addressed.

Challenges in developing national REDD+ strategies: Cambodia case study

The SUMERNET research team working on REDD+ has been observing the development of national REDD+ strategies in Cambodia. One of the key findings is that technical inputs needed for strategy development are lacking. This is despite the completion of the required activities such as assessing drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; establishing safeguard and national forest monitoring systems; and developing emission and forest reference levels.

Supporting drought management in Huai Sai Bat basin in Thailand through SUMERNET’s “Regional Assessment”

A recent regional assessment workshop of SUMERNET looked at supporting efforts at drought management in Thailand using the Robust Decision Support (RDS) framework.

Addressing complexity in planning for the water/food/energy nexus in the Mekong: Using the “Robust Decision Support” (RDS) approach

SUMERNET will co-organise a panel on “Robust Decision Support (RDS) for Addressing the Complexity and Uncertainty in Planning for Water, Food and Energy Nexus” on 22 October 2015. The RDS panel is part of the 4th Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy to be held in Phnom Penh, 21-23 October 2015.

Adaptation Pathways: Exploring household adaptation strategies to improve local community resilience

How can household adaptation strategies cope with climate hazards but stay compatible with local development objectives and improve local community resilience? The adaptation pathway research project tracks the climate adaptation strategies of households, communities and institutions in Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

First National Workshop on "Robust Decision Support"

Thailand has seen widespread water scarcity since 2012, and this, combined with an extended dry spell in 2015, has caused negative impacts on agriculture particularly in the northeastern region. Drought conditions have become more frequent and intense. Under the SUMERNET, SEI together with local partners Mahasarakham University and Rajamangala University of Technology Isan are organizing a workshop on "Robust Decision Support" (RDS) system.

Rice Straw (RS) derived fuel-cookstove systems in the Mekong Region

The research team on “Rice Straw (RS) co-benefits” focused on experiments to assess technology options for Rice Straw (RS) derived fuel-cookstove systems in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Researching national REDD+ strategies in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand: An update

As of June 1, 2015, the REDD+ team has conducted over 50 interviews and attended more than 20 policy observations. All three teams have also been collecting, collating and analyzing archival materials including past and current policies, laws and regulations that are related to the development of the national REDD+ strategy in the three countries. The team is planning to conduct a multi-stakeholder consultative meeting in their respective country on the three research questions with the different groups of stakeholders identified earlier.