CECAR Asia Meeting and Field Research

Background and Summary
The development of sustainable agricultural production with improved agricultural productivity that also deals with the impact of climatic and ecological changes remains an essential task in climate change adaptation policies and biodiversity policies. This project aims to examine the influence of climatic and ecological changes on agriculture in Asia and the vulnerability of social economy quantitatively and qualitatively through econometric and statistical models and research conducted in agricultural communities. In identifying the merits of applying organic methods to both commercial large-scale production and traditional production, this project will attempt to suggest strategies for strengthening social resilience and promote sustainable development of agricultural communities in the Asian region.

CECAR-ASIA project, funded by Ministry of Environment Japan has started April 2011 with University of Tokyo and Research Institute for Human and Nature (RIHN). UNU-ISP focuses on “Strategies to enhance resilience to climate and ecosystem changes utilizing traditional bio-production systems in rural Asia” as a sub-theme. The project is conducted in three countries; Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam cooperate with Gadjah Mada University, University of Peradeniya and Vietnam National University respectively.

In Sri Lanka, UNU-ISP will study ancient irrigation systems and Kandy Homegarden as their traditional bio-production systems.

Objective:

  1. Introduce objectives and activities of the project for affiliate university
  2. Share information and ideas for collaborative research between Japanese universities/research institutes (UNU, Univ of Tokyo and RIHN) and Peradeniya University
  3. Discuss fundamental issues, such as data and information availability

Location:
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Date:
17th September 2011 Meeting
18th-19th September 2011, Field Research

Organizer:
UNU-ISP and University of Peradeniya

Contact:
Mr. Mohri
Institute for Sustainability and Peace
United Nations University
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, JAPAN 150-8925
Email: mohri@unu.edu