Regional Policy Guidance for Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture in Southeast Asia

  07 July 2021
Participants attending the first consultation workshop. Photo: SEARCA/Renz Tabadero

The importance of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices in relation to climate change and food security have been recognized by policymakers in the Southeast Asian region. It has been reflected in number of policy frameworks and tools, published by ASEAN and its Members States. Among of them is the ASEAN Guidelines for Promoting CSA Practices Volume 1 and 2. Building on the existing volumes, the third volume on development will cover more CSA strategies and practices, while reflecting on the latest CSA trends and considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide updated information and continue the promotion of CSA application in the region, the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) organised the first virtual consultation workshop for developing a third volume of the ASEAN Guidelines for Promoting CSA Practices and a complementing and an Implementation Strategy on 7 July 2021. The workshop was hosted by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

The first consultation workshop brought together some 75 participants from different ASEAN sectoral bodies, government agencies and development organisations.  During the workshop, participants discussed the experiences with the previous volumes based on recommendations provided in the report ASEAN Guidance for Climate-Smart Land Use Practices – a Review and their implications for the development process for Volume 3. They also reflected on current CSA approaches that are being applied in the region.

The development of the third volume of CSA guidelines builds on the existing volumes, covering more CSA strategies and practices and reflecting the latest trends, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Implementation Strategy will complement all three volumes of the Guidelines. It will provide overarching recommendations and principles for policymakers to further promote CSA implementation in the region. These documents will contribute to support the implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework (ACRF).

The development process of these policy documents will be inclusive and cross-sectoral,  integrating experience and expertise from different policy fields and sectors including agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment and rural development. The next step in drafting the documents will be continuing the desk review, data collection and validation process with stakeholders from the ASEAN Member States (AMS). The draft outline will then be circulated to the AMS via relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies for review and feedback. The second consultation workshop will be held in September 2021. After the approval from the ASEAN-CRN and ASEAN Technical Working Group of Agriculture and Research Development (ATWGARD), the results will be submitted to the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry for endorsement.

The process is being supported by the Climate Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN project, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ, with contributions from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

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
Event Documentation Consultation Workshop ASEAN Guidelines for Promoting CSA Practices Volume 3
https://asean-crn.org/consultation-workshop-asean-guidelines-for-promoting-csa-practices-volume-3/

Relevant ASEAN Guidelines on Land Use
https://asean-crn.org/relevant-asean-guidelines-on-land-use/

The ASEAN Guidance for Climate-Smart Land Use Practices – a Review
https://asean-crn.org/the-asean-guidance-for-climate-smart-land-use-practices-a-review/

Key buzzwords / “tags”
ASEAN, Climate Smart Agriculture Practice, Climate Smart Land Use, Land Management, Food Security, Climate Change