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The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) participated in the 6th Annual ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) meeting. Hosted virtually by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), in attendance were representatives from seven ASEAN member states, including CCAC partners Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, and Thailand.
Other international organizations represented in the meeting included the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), GIZ and the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA).
Established to ensure the promotion of climate resiliency in the agriculture sector, the ASEAN-CRN is a platform for regional exchange, for the sharing of information, experiences and expertise on climate smart agriculture (CSA). The ASEAN-CRN links policy makers to research institutions and international organisations, including the CCAC. Since its inception in 2014, the ASEAN-CRN has successfully launched activities that aim to ensure adaption of the agriculture sector to climate change, and optimise the sector’s mitigation potential.
The objective of the 6th ASEAN-CRN meeting was to identify opportunities for support to meet the demands and needs of ASEAN Agriculture and land use; specifically, how the ASEAN-CRN contributes to the targets of the Vision and Strategic Plan for ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (2016-2025) and the recent ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework. Based on these two frameworks, as well as the Strategic Plan of Action for ATWGARD (2021-2025), five Strategic Thrusts have been identified. A match making exercise was carried out to explore potential partnerships and to identify needs and priorities under each Strategic Thrust; during the meeting breakout groups discussed gaps as well as how the ASEAN-CRN can increase its’ impact in these areas.
The results of the matchmaking exercise show that regional needs mostly fall within Strategic Thrusts 1, 2 and 3. Clear themes such as climate finance and digitalisation of marketing and knowledge dissemination, arose in discussions surrounding several of these Strategic Thrusts. Work on these priorities and opportunities to strengthen the work done by the ASEAN-CRN, will contribute to achieving the goals of the three ASEAN frameworks, catalysing climate adaption and mitigation in the agriculture sector of the ASEAN region.