World Agroforestry Centre explores collaboration with SEARCA on greening ASEAN economic corridors
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Regional Coordinator, Dr. Ingrid Öborn (center), accompanied by Dr. Rodel Lasco, Country Coordinator and Senior NRM Scientist (third from right), and Mr. Robert Finlayson, Regional Communications Specialist (fourth from left) visited SEARCA on 21 June 2016. The team was received by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director (fourth from right); Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay, Unit Head, Knowledge Resources Unit (second from right); Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD) (rightmost); Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head for Research and Development (third from left); Ms. Mary Ann A. Batas, ASRF Project Coordinator (second from left); and Ms. Maria Katrina R. Punto, Research Assistant from SEARCA’s Research and Development Department (leftmost).
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – Dr. Ingrid Öborn, Regional Coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), together with Dr. Rodel Lasco, Country Coordinator and Senior NRM Scientist, and Mr. Robert Finlayson, Regional Communications Specialist of the same organization, visited SEARCA on 21 June 2016 to discuss possible collaboration on an integrated research-in-development program on greening the ASEAN economic corridors.
ICRAF and SEARCA share common interest in helping the ASEAN Member States (AMS) realize green economic growth by addressing the ecological impact of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) infrastructure investments. They will collaborate in developing and generating support for the proposed program Greening the ASEAN economic corridors: Mitigating risks and securing gains for food security, environmental services, and social cohesion. The program is set to evaluate the benefits and trade-offs of ASEAN’s economic corridors for biodiversity, food security, agriculture, environmental services, and social cohesion in the AMS that are at high risk from targeted infrastructure and economic investment. Through the proposed program, practical, inclusive and scalable options for achieving sustainable and productive landscapes will be developed.
SEARCA Management Committee and Unit Heads led by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. giving a briefing to ICRAF Officials about SEARCAThe World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre, generates science-based knowledge about the diverse benefits – both direct and indirect – of agroforestry, or trees in farming systems and agricultural landscapes, and disseminates this knowledge to develop policy options and promote practices that improve livelihoods and benefit the environment.
SEARCA Officials led by Director Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. and Research and Development Department Program Head, Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, briefed Dr. Öborn about SEARCA, its strategic thrusts and operations, and the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF).
Also present in the meeting were Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma and Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay, SEARCA’s Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development and Unit Head for Knowledge Resources, respectively, as well as Ms. Mary Ann A. Batas, ASRF Project Coordinator, and Ms. Maria Katrina R. Punto, Research Assistant from SEARCA’s Research and Development Department. (Ediza A. Decena)