SEANAFE is now NGO

SEANAFE is now officially registered as a non-stock, non-profit nongovernmental organization in the Philippines as confirmed through a certificate issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines on 22 September 2009.

This new status is the result of SEANAFE Board’s decision during its 16th meeting in August 2008 in Indonesia to acquire a legal personality for the Network in the Philippines. The SEANAFE Board expects that this would enable the Network t to enter into various institutional collaborations and funding agreements, both at the regional and country levels. This decision was also to prepare the Network to operate on its own after the Sida grant period ends in December 2009.

The Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN), through the Institute of Agroforestry (IAF) of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), will host SEANAFE’s Secretariat in the Philippines when it starts its full operation as NGO in January 2010.

3 more SEANAFE MS Research Fellows complete degrees

Three SEANAFE MS Research Fellowship Batch 2 grantees successfully defended their thesis recently. They are Ms. Penny Pujowati from Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia; Ms. Shierel Vallesteros from the University of the Philippines Los Banos; and Ms. Truong Thi Pinh from Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam.

The grantees’ research topics were as follows:

1. “Agroforestry landscape management plan for Karang Mumus River Basin, the down stream of Mahakam watershed, East Kalimantan” for Ms. Pujowati which she defended in August 2009.

2. “Development of oil ideotypes in selected provenances of Jatropha curcas” for Ms. Vallesteros which she defended in September 2009.

3. “Assessment of the fixed carbon dioxide capability of some protection afforestation types in upstream region of Bo River in Thua Thien, Hue Province, Vietnam” for Ms. Pinh which she defended in September 2009.

The three grantees are among the 6 MS students that SEANAFE accepted as Batch 2 MS Research Fellows for 2008-2009. The other grantees are expected to complete their MS degrees by end of October 2009.

SEANAFE pilots a regional training on Sustainable Upland Development

Sixteen lecturers and extension personnel from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam compose the core group of trainees attending the pilot offering of SEANAFE’s Regional Training Course on Sustainable Upland Development currently being held at Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines from 28 September to 8 October 2009.

SEANAFE conceptualized the training course in response to the need for upland development workers to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in natural and social sciences to be able to develop practical understanding about the interdependent problems affecting the upland areas. It is designed to also highlight the roles of agroforestry science and practice in upland development in the region. Specifically at the end of the training course, the participants are expected to:

1. Share and learn from their respective national initiatives in promoting sustainable upland development.
2. Explain the concepts and principles of sustainable upland development.
3. Discuss and analyze recent issues, challenges and prospects of sustainable upland
development in their respective countries and, in the process, acquire a more regional
perspective of the subject matter.
4. Acquire skills in applying the appropriate tools and approaches, including the strategies
in mobilizing communities and other institutions towards sustainable upland development.
5. Prepare individual action plans towards sustainable upland development in their
respective countries.

The two-week training course is divided into 4 modules, namely:

Module 1. Overview of Sustainable Upland Development in Southeast Asia
Module 2. Tools, Techniques and Approaches in Promoting Sustainable Upland Development
Module 3. Managing Organizations and Mobilizing Communities and Other Institutions for Sustainable Upland Development
Module 4. Developing Responsive Plans towards Sustainable Upland Development in Southeast Asia

SEANAFE envisions that the pilot offering of the training course will lead to the refinement of the design and the development of the same into a regional MS program to be offered among its member universities in the immediate future. The participants are expected to help realize this after the training.

SEANAFE is implementing the training course in collaboration with the Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN) and the Institute of Agroforestry (IAF) of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) provides the funding.

Twelve of the participants are under support from Sida while the other four are on fee-based attendance. The training participants are as follows:

Indonesia: Dr. Sitti Latifah (Mataram University) and Ms. Rommy Qurniati (University of Lampung)

Malaysia: Mr. Affendy Hassan (University Malaysia Sabah) and Dr. Azmy Mohamed (University Putra Malaysia)

Laos: MR. SOUKVILAY VILAVONG (Dongkhamxang Agriculture Technical School) and MR. BOUNKIENG SOULIYASACK (Luangprabang Agriculture and Forestry College)

Philippines: For. Percival M. Cardona (Department of Environment and Natural Resources, DENR), For. Fredelito Cirilo (DENR), Engr. Alberto Gonzales (Mt. Masaraga Quinale Watershed Stakeholders Association, Inc.), Dr. Antonio P. Payonga(Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry), Ms. Maria Soledad T. Prena (Albay City Agriculture Office), Ms. Angelita Racelis (DENR)

Thailand: Ms. Katwadee Laohasakul (Prince of Songkla University) and Ms. Duangkamon Suwannarit (Khon Kaen University)

Vietnam: Mr. Pham Cuong (Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry) and Ms. Hoang Thi Phuong (Chu Mom Ray National Park Office)