Hani rice terraces in China and Ifugao rice terraces in Philippine are world-renowned sustainable rice terraces that have served local communities for thousands of years. However, climate change is affecting the sustainability of those ecological management systems as climate change brings in new dimension of continuous changes to local water cycle that would be beyond the regulating capacity of current systems. This research will address dual challenges of both excessive runoff and water scarcity due to climate change by providing ecosystem based adaptation measures to strengthen resilience of the study sties that can be extended to traditional rice terrace farming systems to cope with climate change.
During the third year of the project, it plan to synthesis of the research results into training module for capacity development of local communities, government and postgraduate education in climate change adaptation. Distance learning options will be explored. Final workshop and policy dialogue (partners, invited scientists, policymakers and international community) to summarize the project results and identify future steps for collaboration, communications and publications.