The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is proud to present this pioneering work, featuring selected case stories on climate change adaptation initiatives that are being implemented in Southeast Asia. This book Learning and Coping with Change: Case Stories of Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia is the outcome of the First Regional Knowledge Sharing Writeshop on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) held on 15–17 April 2015 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Organized by SEARCA in partnership with the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center), the event brought together leading scientists and researchers from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and five international agencies and academic institutions working on agriculture and climate change.
This book is intended to enrich knowledge and enhance awareness among various stakeholders and policy and decision makers that adaptation efforts not only address the challenges brought by climate change, but the implementation of these CCA initiatives also fulfills goals that greatly benefit society, such as sustainable agricultural and rural development, disaster risk reduction, and improvements in quality of life. Although there is no "one-size-fits-all" adaptation, there are similarities in approaches, methodologies, and processes involved in identifying and implementing CCA goals and strategies as narrated in the 13 case stories featured in this book.