Conference Summary Report: International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security
About 150 researchers, academicians, policymakers, and development workers representing 21 countries attended the International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security (ICCCIAFES) held on 21-22 November 2012 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
The conference was jointly organized by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños
(UPLB) through its Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change (IdPCC), with the Asia-Pacific
Adaptation Network (APAN), supported by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan, as major sponsor. Additional partners included the Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim (UHOH), Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN); Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA); United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP); and the Philippine Climate Change Commission (PCCC) as supported by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
Serving as a platform for exchange on the latest knowledge on climate change impacts and
adaptation linked to food security and environmental sustainability, the scientific meeting had
three plenary sessions and four parallel sessions on the following themes where a total of 44
papers were presented:
• Status, Prospects, and Practices on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture
• Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability
• Climate Change Adaptation and Agriculture
• Institutional and Economic Aspects of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
• Systems and Tools for Analysing Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability
• Regional and South-South Collaboration in Research and Development
• Networking for R&D and Capacity Building on Climate Change and Food and
The papers presented a wide range of new knowledge along with appropriate, indigenous or local technologies that can be used to address the impacts of climate change – not only as adaptation strategies, but also for mitigation and increasing resilience. The initiatives described likewise vary widely in methods and approaches (simulation/modeling by experts to highly participatory approaches with direct involvement of end users in the field); differences in ecological zones (tropical forests, agroforestry systems, irrigated lowlands, dryland farms, fishpens in lakes, to pelagic fisheries); and scale (breeding work/genetic level to household, community, up to regional in scope).
The aim is for lessons to be learned, good practices to be adopted or adapted and upscaled, and for new collaborative initiatives to be undertaken – that environmental and food security shall be ensured for the majority of Southeast Asia and other regions that are bearing the brunt of adverse impacts of climate change.