ASEAN Guidance for Climate-Smart Land Use Practices – a Review

  06 May 2021
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The study provides an understanding of how selected guidelines produced by sectoral bodies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) relevant to land use and climate change are being used as policy tools. These guidelines cover a range of topics such as climate-smart agriculture, crop insurance, responsible investment, public-private partnerships, and gender mainstreaming in food, agriculture, and forestry. The work aims to raise awareness for these policy tools and to provide insights and recommendations that can help to develop and promote other guidelines.

The ASEAN Member States have recognized challenges posed by climate change in relation to food security in the agriculture and forestry sector. Together, the ASEAN Member States continues joint effort in overcoming these hurdles while building resiliency and mitigation in climate-smart land use sector in the region.

Regional Policy Process and Connecting National and Regional Priorities

Policy framework and tools produced by ASEAN are designed to influence regional and national activities. These documents are useful reference for policymakers and practitioners in the region working areas and at the same time showcase ASEAN priorities and experiences.

A number of these guidelines and recommendations specifically contribute to advancing the ASEAN agenda at the intersection between agriculture and forestry, climate change and food security. Together, they shed light on different aspects that ASEAN Member States might want to consider when developing and implementing national climate-smart policies and programmes in the food, agriculture, and forestry sector.

Utilizing ASEAN Guidelines

Despite the wide use of guidelines in the ASEAN policy process, few studies have addressed the lifespan of thematic guidelines, ranging from their initial request to how they are produced, disseminated and, ultimately, used at the national level.

The ASEAN Guidance for Climate-Smart Land Use Practices – a Review provides an understanding of how selected guidelines are utilized as policy tools from the perspectives of the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN working groups and the development agencies who assist ASEAN at the regional and national levels. The work aims to raise awareness for these policy tools and to provide insights and recommendations that can help to develop and promote other guidelines.

Most of the guidelines in this study were developed by the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) in close coordination with the ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agricultural Research and Development (ATWGARD). All the guidelines were endorsed at the Senior Officials’ Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF). The study contributes to the work of the ASEAN-CRN and is part of the continuous support to AMS in promoting climate-friendly and resilient best practices in the region’s agriculture and forestry sectors.

The study was carried out by the Stockholm Environment Institute on behalf of the Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN project, implemented by GIZ with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Name and contact person:
Ms. Hanna Reuter – Principal Advisor Climate Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN
Email: hanna.reuter@giz.de

Link to further materials
ASEAN Guidance for Climate-Smart Land Use Practice – A Review
Key buzzwords / “tags”

ASEAN, Climate Smart Land Use, Land Management, Food Security, Climate Change, Leadership