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)