byHarro Riedstra via web
The activities of the SEAP hub are focused on two topics: water and food security and climate change and resilience.
Water and food security
Sustainable and water efficient agricultural production is critical for feeding a growing global population without causing irreversible environmental damage. This challenge is particularly relevant in SE Asia, with its rapidly growing population and heavy reliance on agricultural production.
In recent years, Akvo SEAP has supported various pilot projects to improve the certification and monitoring of sustainable agriculture. In 2017, Mars Foods and UTZ collaborated to create a digital system for supporting rice suppliers in India, Pakistan and Cambodia to reduce water use and increase certification under the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) standard. Similarly, we continued to work with SNV and a range of other partners to monitor performance of smallholder palm oil farmers and promote deforestation-free palm oil production.
In 2018, the SEAP hub will focus on bringing the experiences from these pilot projects to scale. In particular, we intend to promote, showcase and demonstrate our existing work in improving certification and promoting sustainable agriculture in the SE Asia region via online communications, conferences, knowledge sharing events and the establishment of a technical working group on data under the SRP. We also intend to integrate water quality monitoring in agriculture and will commence a pilot of Akvo Caddisfly in Indonesia.
Climate change and resilience
Many countries in SE Asia and the Pacific are regularly affected by various climate-change-related phenomena, including sea level rise, natural disasters and changing weather patterns. These have the potential to undermine long-term sustainable development across the region and hold particular challenges for achieving regional objectives in terms of agriculture and WASH. Understanding the nature and scale of impacts from climate change is critical for building greater resilience and in 2018 Akvo SEAP will focus on developing new partnerships and projects to improve monitoring of climate change and resilience across the region. To do this, we intend to develop a prospectus and other communication materials for prospective partners showing existing case studies and experience relevant to the sector. We will also complete a presentation roadshow to demonstrate the value of Akvo’s tools among targeted organisations across government, NGOs, multilaterals and the private sector. In order to facilitate greater cross-sectoral collaboration and build a stronger community of practice in Indonesia, we will also plan and host a one-day learning event for existing and prospective partners, focusing on climate change, WASH and food security. Finally, we intend to develop a regional partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC), a multilateral scientific and technical organisation owned by 26 countries and territories from across the Pacific region.