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Climate compatible development

Adapting to multiple and uncertain changes in the Mekong Region: Strategies for today and a +4C world

The development of the Mekong Region, and in particular its water and land resources, will occur in the context of multiple, profound and uncertain changes. SUMERNET is initiating a “regional assessment” to interpret the multiple potential changes in the context of sustainable development of the Mekong Region.

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SUMERNET Media Workshop in Yangon, 25-27 Sept: Call for applications

Applications are invited from journalists for the SUMERNET media workshop: “Communicating on climate change and water insecurity: Mekong and Ayeyarwady/Chindwin River Basins” in Yangon, Myanmar, 25-27 September 2017.

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Characterization of cold densified rice straw briquettes and the potential use of sawdust as binder

This study investigated the effect of particle size, pressure and mold diameter on the physical characteristics of rice straw briquettes. The briquettes were prepared utilizing a manually operated piston-press cold densification system and analyzed in terms of initial density, stable density, density ratio, compaction ratio, percentage of volume change, shatter index and energy consumption. Reduction of mold diameter significantly (p < 0.05) improved briquettes stable density and reduced compaction pressure requirement.

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Social and Environmental Safeguards: Lessons from Cambodia REDD+ Pilot Projects

Following the 2007 meeting of UNFCCC, the Royal Government of Cambodia decided to implement REDD+ pilot projects, with approval in 2008 of Oddar Meanchey Community Forestry, followed in 2009 by the Seima Protection Forest in Mondolkiri. Both projects have applied certain sets of social and environmental safeguards towards meeting the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) requirements.

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‘Useful’ research and policy development: Social forestry in ASEAN

The objective of the 6th CSO Forum on Social Forestry was to continue being the platform to discuss, distil, consolidate, and elevate messages and learnings of CSOs and smallholders on Social Forestry, Climate Change and related topics and develop concrete recommendations to be endorsed to the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry. Dr Nguon was invited as a speaker for the session on “Sharing on Lessons and Experience on how to Engage Regional Actors and Institutions”. This capacity building session aimed to draw experiences, lessons, and opportunities in engaging regional actors and institutions in securing forest rights and livelihoods. Using experiences from the SUMERNET supported research, Dr. Nguon outlined the detail of stakeholder engagement processes, its challenges and suggestions.

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In the Mekong Region, climate change poses real threat to food security

Climate change is resulting in severe negative impacts on many food-producing areas of the Mekong Region, posing risks of food insecurity. Starting on 8 August, SEI and the UNEP 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) Sustainable Food Systems Programme and International Resource Panel (IRP) will be launching a five-week massive online open course (MOOC), Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia. This blogpost provides a preview of some of the issues to be addressed.

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Challenges in developing national REDD+ strategies: Cambodia case study

The SUMERNET research team working on REDD+ has been observing the development of national REDD+ strategies in Cambodia. One of the key findings is that technical inputs needed for strategy development are lacking. This is despite the completion of the required activities such as assessing drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; establishing safeguard and national forest monitoring systems; and developing emission and forest reference levels.

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Supporting drought management in Huai Sai Bat basin in Thailand through SUMERNET’s “Regional Assessment”

A recent regional assessment workshop of SUMERNET looked at supporting efforts at drought management in Thailand using the Robust Decision Support (RDS) framework.

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Addressing complexity in planning for the water/food/energy nexus in the Mekong: Using the “Robust Decision Support” (RDS) approach

SUMERNET will co-organise a panel on “Robust Decision Support (RDS) for Addressing the Complexity and Uncertainty in Planning for Water, Food and Energy Nexus” on 22 October 2015. The RDS panel is part of the 4th Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy to be held in Phnom Penh, 21-23 October 2015.

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Adaptation Pathways: Exploring household adaptation strategies to improve local community resilience

How can household adaptation strategies cope with climate hazards but stay compatible with local development objectives and improve local community resilience? The adaptation pathway research project tracks the climate adaptation strategies of households, communities and institutions in Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

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