Call for Abstracts: International Conf on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security

21-22 November 2012
SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


Post-conference fieldtrip l Southern Tagalog Region
23 November 2012

Call for Abstracts


Climate change is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges that humanity has to confront today. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report of 2007 noted that climate is indeed changing and that Earth’s warming in the last 150 years is unequivocal. Growing evidence of climate change around the world and in the Southeast Asia in particular, has left us with no choice but to act to ensure the sustainability of lifelines which include natural systems and food resources, livelihood for our people and human resources.


The issue of climate change and climate variability is among the top priorities of governments today because of the growing recognition of its potential and real threat to our environment as well as to the food production and human systems, including agricultural production, biodiversity, health, and other sectors and processes (IPCC, 2007). Extreme climatic events, such as frequent occurrences of strong typhoons, prolonged wet and dry seasons, and increased incidence of disease outbreaks, affect the sustainability of agricultural production systems, thus leading to food and livelihood shortages.


FAO (2008) highlighted the profound impacts of climate change on the four dimensions of food security: food availability, food accessibility, food utilization, and food systems stability. Increasing temperature, intense weather events, changing precipitation patterns are expected to have impacts on livelihood assets, food production and distribution channels, human and animal health, as well as changing patterns of market flows. Increasing climatic risks for agriculture-based livelihood systems are also expected to adversely influence the sectors with less adaptive capacity. Low income groups in both urban and rural areas living in the coastal areas, floodplains and uplands would be more likely be prone to risk of food insecurity. The brunt of the changing climate contributes to the vulnerability of these systems, especially in developing countries and small islands. The region is therefore challenged to increase its capacities and expertise in order to attain the set objectives of the Millennium Development Goal.


However, most researches on climate change are conducted in fragmentary fashion by different countries, disciplines and sectors. Hence, there is much opportunity for developing multisectoral/multidisciplinary approaches. It is in this regard that the conference aims to provide a venue for promoting integrative partnerships that can eventually result in a convergence of ideas for holistic solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change on the region’s food, environmental, nutritional and health security.


The main goal of the Conference is to bring together researchers, academicians, policy makers and planners, development workers, NGOs and other professionals in the region in a discussion forum for the exchange and updating of information, integrate and forge linkages towards enhanced regional capacity to achieve food, environmental, nutritional and health security in the face of climate change.


Specific Objectives:


  1. To update and exchange among regional stakeholders state-of-the-art knowledge on climate change science, adaptation strategies, disaster risk reduction, planning and management and vulnerability and impact assessment tools;
  2. To gather scientific information and experiences into an integrative body of knowledge in order to identify information and knowledge gaps and common, urgent and emergent issues related to food and environmental security in the region;
  3. To identify location-specific knowledge and adaptation strategies which may be upscaled to other regions; and
  4. To further promote partnerships and linkages among different sectors for the exchange of information and expertise in forging collaborative activities on climate change adaptation.


Conference Coverage

The conference welcomes abstract submissions on the following topics:


  1. Effects and impact of climate change on     food and environmental security issues, including state-of-the art knowledge and assessment tools such as:
    • Vulnerability assessment
    • Impact assessment
    • Risk characterization
    • Risk analysis
  2. Institutional (policy, governance, culture) and economics aspects of climate change science and adaptation
  3. Country and regional collaborative experiences for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  4. Other climate change-related issues may also be considered


The abstract must be submitted as a 1-page Word file, with not more than 500 words in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced and justified paragraphs.  Name(s) of author(s) and affiliations must also be included.


For abstract submission, registration and other information, please contact:

Ms. Ma. Charisma T. Malenab l Program Associate l Knowledge Management Department, SEARCA
Tel./Fax: +63 49- 536-2365 to 67 (local 403) / +63 49- 536- 2283
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Dr. Felino P. Lansigan l UPLB l International Conference Committee Chair
Tel.: +63 49- 536-2381
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Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz l SEARCA l International Conference Organizer
Tel./Fax: +63 49- 536-2365 to 67 (local 173) / +63 49- 536- 2283
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Deadline for Abstract Submission

21 August 2012