SEARCA sponsors international conference on livelihood development, sustainable environmental management
Dr Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, opens the International Conference on Livelihood Development and Sustaibable Environmental Management (LDEM) in the Context of Climate Change held at Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) on 13-15 November 2015.
THAI NGUYEN CITY, Vietnam – SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. opened the International Conference on Livelihood Development and Sustainable Environmental Management (LDEM) in the Context of Climate Change held on 13-15 November 2015 at Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) in Thai Nguyen City, Vietnam. The LDEM was organized by TUAF and sponsored by SEARCA.
Dr. Tran Van Dien, TUAF Rector, welcomes the conference participants to his university.The international conference aimed to explore the knowledge, systems, and practices related to livelihood development and environmental management strategies under extreme weather conditions. It also sought to determine how the development approach in the Asian region could be enhanced and to plan policies and projects on LDEM in the context of climate change adaptation that could be implemented in the region. It was also an opportunity for exchanging ideas on international and local experiences and engagement with policymakers for decision making.
“Our Center has been a close ally of Thai Nguyen University for many years. And rightfully so, because this university focuses on agriculture and forestry and is a leading academic institution in Vietnam, which is a priority country of our organization,” Dr. Saguiguit said.
He noted that “over the last four and a half decades, we have seen and felt the effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry, on which the majority of our region’s population depends for food and livelihood. The challenge therefore is to push for climate change adaptation strategies and to build these sectors’ resiliency to this natural phenomenon. The goal is to ensure that the livelihood needs of the growing population in the uplands are met in the midst of pervasive poverty and worsening climatic conditions. Added to this, is the imperative task of safeguarding our natural resource base.”
He thanked TUAF as well as all partners and participants in the conference and expressed his hope that the gains of the conference will ultimately contribute to developing policies and strategies for climate-resilient livelihood of farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture and forestry sectors.
Dr. Saguiguit (left) receives from Dr. Dien a plaque of appreciation for SEARCA’s support to LDEM and other TUAF activities.Participants of the conference included academics; researchers; development practitioners; representatives from national and local government units, non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations; and other stakeholders from countries in Asia and outside the region.
Dr. Tran Van Dien, TUAF Rector and Vietnam’s Representative to the SEARCA Governing Board, presented a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Saguiguit in recognition of SEARCA’s contributions and support to the LDEM and other TUAF activities. (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)