||Building Capabilities of Local Climate Change Communicators towards Climate Change Adaptation in the Upland Communities in Southeast Asia
||Wilfredo M. CARANDANG, Leila D. LANDICHO, Roberto G. VISCO, Bao HUY, Christine WULANDARI, and Anoulom VILAYPHONE
||Issue 6, published April 2016
- The capability of smallholder upland farmers to experiment the appropriate climate change adaptation strategies, their ability to teach other farmers, and the effectiveness of farmer-to-farmer teaching were the basic considerations in implementing this capacity development programme.
- A total of 109 farmers and technicians in the selected upland communities in the Philippines, Lao PDR, Indonesia and Viet Nam were trained as local climate change communicators.
- A total of 205 students, farmers, agricultural technicians and faculty members formed as the trainees of the local climate change communicators in the four national local climate change awareness programmes organised in the four collaborating countries.
- Climate change information materials were developed to help in the information dissemination and education of the public about climate change—its issues, impacts and adaptation strategies.
- A policy brief was developed to facilitate local policy making processes about climate change mitigation and adaptation.
||This article highlights the experiences of the Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE) and its collaborators in implementing capacity development activities for climate change adaptation of upland communities in the four collaborating countries, namely Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam. This capacity-building project focused on the training of local climate change communicators who would serve as the local trainers and disseminators of climate change-related issues and developments among the local community members. It also aims to continuously build awareness among the local stakeholders about climate change issues, causes, impacts and adaptation strategies. Among the outputs of this project are the information materials on climate change and a policy brief that would be used as an instrument in lobbying local policy makers.