ASEAN-CRN Virtual Collaboration for Climate Action on the Land Use Sector

The ASEAN-CRN second virtual meeting was hosted by the Thailand Department of Agriculture, as the chair of ASEAN-CRN, attended by some 25 participants of country focal points and partner organizations.

The ASEAN-CRN focal points and partners attended the network’s second virtual meeting on the 3rd of June 2020 continuing collaborative spirit towards meaningful climate action on the land use sector and food system resiliency. The meeting is part of the network’s planned series of virtual meetings aptly themed, “ASEAN-CRN in the time of Corona”, addressing the challenges posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The meeting gave the opportunity for focal points to provide updates on their countries’ current situation, discussed funding opportunities from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and reviewed the functionality of selected ASEAN guidelines on land use sector as preliminary result study of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

Green Climate Fund (GCF) Funding Opportunities

A proposal seeking implementation of the UNFCCC’s Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, to which the ASEAN Negotiating Group for Agriculture (ANGA) had contributed largely to, through joint submissions, was discussed. This proposal is planned to be a multi-country submission with focus on aligning investment priorities for agriculture with national climate change policy frameworks.

The forming of a regional proposal will allow ASEAN Member States to develop institutional capacities, governance mechanisms and planning frameworks towards a long-term climate action agenda. Accordingly, it positions both the region and individual AMS to be in a better stand to scale up identified climate smart practices.

The ASEAN-CRN set up the schedule for follow-up actions in June and July for further coordination to allow the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) office to submit the joint proposal on behalf of the region.

Preliminary Findings of Selected ASEAN Guidelines Relevant to Land Use

Lastly on the meeting’s agenda was sharing from the SEI of their preliminary findings of selected ASEAN guidelines relevant to land use sector. The study reviewed selected guidelines which were developed by ASEAN-CRN, development partners and the ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agricultural Research and Development (ATWGARD). These guidelines were endorsed by the Senior Officials Meeting ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF).

Example of the reviewed guidelines were ASEAN Regional Guidelines for Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Practices Volume 1 and II, ASEAN Public-Private Partnership Regional Framework for Technology Development in the FAF sector, AMAF’s Approach to Gender Mainstreaming in the FAF Sectors and 10 Phases in Developing a National Crop Insurance Program: Guide Overview.

The study has been commissioned by the Climate Smart Land Use in ASEAN (CSLU) project. The purpose of the study is to explore the functionality of the selected guidelines in implementing ASEAN priorities at the national level. The study will contribute to strengthen ASEAN’s role in coordinating ASEAN Member States’ contribution to national and international climate-policy processes for climate-smart land use in agriculture and forestry. It will also provide insights on the development of future guidelines and promotion. Results of the study will be shared once completed.

Please visit: Relevant ASEAN Guidelines in on Land Use for more information.


The meeting discussed representation to the UNFCCC’s June Momentum, a series of online meetings hosted by UNFCCC Bonn Headquarters in the absence of Subsidiary Meetings and Workshops this summer, as normally taking place. The group agreed on appointing Indonesia to speak on June 8, on the session focusing on KJWA. Indonesia agreed to speak for the group, with its 5 minute presentations to be discussed prior by ANGA.  

The ASEAN-CRN announced the launch of ASEAN-CRN Youtube Channel where partner organizations are welcomed to contribute content.

The ASEAN-CRN website and Facebook Page continues to post the latest updates on activities, documentation and publication from the ASEAN-CRN and partners.

The second virtual meeting was hosted by the Thailand Department of Agriculture, as the chair of ASEAN-CRN and attended by some 25 participants, consisting of country focal points and partner organizations.

The meeting was organized with the support from the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-ROAP), the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) and Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

For meeting summary on ASEAN-CRN Virtual meeting series, please visit this link

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