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Memorandum of Understanding
RESOLUTION FOR THE REVITALIZATION OF THE ASIA SOIL CONSERVATION NETWORK FOR THE HUMID TROPICS (ASOCON) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:29

WHEREAS, the ASOCON was formed with UNDP/FAO support in 1989 and became a quasi-legal entity in June 1993. The current network structure consists of a Coordinating Unit at the Ministry of Forestry (MOF), Jakarta, Indonesia, and National Coordinating Committees established by each member country (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam);


WHEREAS, the network aims to assist its member countries through a program of information exchange, regional workshops, expert consultations and learning activities to enhance the skills and expertise of those responsible for the development and dissemination of soil and water conservation practices for small-scale farmers;


WHEREAS, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is a global network of specialist working in the field of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) that aims to collect, compare, disseminate and utilize information on soil and water conservation and therefore offers a framework for knowledge management and decision support on SLM;


WHEREAS, the members of ASOCON and representatives from Bhutan, Bangladesh and Cambodia met on 27 March 2012, which serves as its 14th National Consultative Board (NCB) meeting in conjunction with the WOCAT-ASOCON workshop held in Antipolo City, Philippines on 26-28 March 2012;


WHEREAS, the participants of the workshop recognized the need to integrate and synergize the initiatives and activities of WOCAT and ASOCON within the region;


WHEREAS, to ensure the sustainability of ASOCON, it should be revitalized to respond to new challenges brought about by the alarming rate of land and watershed degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss and changes in leadership among member countries and funding constraints;


WHEREAS, the participants of the workshop agreed to renew its commitment by reviewing and revising the Joint Memorandum of Understanding including the membership, structure and functions of the network;


WHEREAS, the participants of the workshop agreed to expand ASOCON membership by including other interested countries not within the humid tropics zone of Asia such as but not limited to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. This is a positive move to broaden its sphere of influence and enhance the exchange and dissemination of SLM practices;


WHEREAS, the participants of the workshop agreed that ASOCON shall also serve as the regional representative to the WOCAT in Asia;


WHEREAS, the participants of the workshop agreed to implement the regional action plan, referred to as Attachment;


WHEREAS, with the concurrence of member-countries, the Philippines will serve as the new Coordination Unit (CU) of ASOCON, represented by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), replacing Indonesia effective upon the signing of this resolution.


We hereby affix our signatures this 28th day of March 2012 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City, Philippines.


Name

Designation

Institution

Country

Sudibya Kanti Khisa (SGD)

Coordinator

Bangladesh Conservation Approaches and Technologie

Bangladesh

Karma Dema Dorji (SGD)

Program Director

National Soil Services Centre

Bhutan

Pheav Sovuthy (SGD)

Minister Cabinet

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Cambodia

Prak Cheattho (SGD)

Deputy Director General

General Directorate of Agriculture/MAFF

Cambodia

Wang Ying (SGD)

Principal Staff

Department of Soil and Water Conservation,  Ministry of Water Resources

China

Naik Sinukaban (SGD)

Professor

Bogor Agricultural University

Indonesia

Syaiful Anwar (SGD) (SGD)

Deputy Director for Watershed Management Planning

Ministry of Forestry

Republic of Indonesia

Indonesia

A. Rahman Abu Bakar (SGD)

Agriculture Officer - Soil Surveyor

Department of Agriculture

Malaysia

Francis Daink (SGD)

Deputy Secretary

Provincial Agriculture & Technical Services Division, Department of Agriculture & Livestock

Papua New Guinea

Chinapatana Sukvibool (SGD)

Director

Soil and Water Conservation Research and Development,  Land Development Department

Thailand

YUJI NIINO (SGD)

Land Management Officer

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Thailand

Pham Quang Ha

Professor and Vice Director

Institute for Agricultural Environment

Vietnam

SILVINO Q. TEJADA (SGD)

Director

DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management

Philippines

Samuel M. Contreras (SGD)

Division Chief

Soil Conservation and Management Division, Bureau of Soils and Water Management

Philippines

Renato de la Cruz (SGD)

Division Chief

Extension Programs and Partnerships Agricultural Training Institute

Philippines

Rodolfo O. Ilao (SGD)

Division Chief

Philippine Council For Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development

Philippines

Victoriano I. Tagupa (SGD)

Director

Sustainable Agriculture Center, Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan

Philippines

Romeo V. Labios (SGD)

Professor

University of the Philippines Los Baños

Philippines

Nenita de la Cruz (SGD)

Professor

Central Luzon State University

Philippines

Jose Nestor Garcia (SGD)


Conservation Farming Movement Inc.

Philippines

 

WHEREAS, with the concurrence of member-countries, the Philippines will serve as the new Coordination Unit (CU) of ASOCON, represented by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), replacing Indonesia effective upon the signing of this resolution.

We hereby affix our signatures this 28th day of March 2012 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City, Philippines.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:38
 
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Friday, 18 December 2009 03:02

JOINT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ASIA SOIL CONSERVATION NETWORK FOR THE HUMID TROPICS

The competent Institutions of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, recognising that declining soil fertility and increasing soil erosion are creating increasing problems for the small scale farmers of the Humid Tropics in the Asia and Pacific region, and realizing the mutual advantages to be derived from the effective and systematic exchange of information and experience as well as mutual technical cooperation in the development and dissemination of improved conservation technologies and land use planning approaches for tackling the problems of soil and water conservation at the small-scale farmer level; have reached the following understanding on the establishment of the Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics (ASOCON):

ARTICLE I - Definitions
For the purposes of this Memorandum of Understanding:

a) "Conservation" shall mean the conservation of both soil and water;
b) "Small-scale farmer" shall mean the farmer and his/her household members engaged in farming activities on a small-scale basis with the aim of meeting some or all of the welfare needs of the farm family from crop, livestock and/or tree production
c) "Region" shall mean the humid tropics of Asia and the Pacific;
d) "Participant" shall mean a relevant Institution that has signed this Memorandum of Understanding or has been accepted subsequently in accordance with Article IV.3;
e) "ASOCON" shall mean the Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics;
f) "Consultative Board" shall mean the Consultative Board of ASOCON;
g) "Regional Co-ordinator" shall mean the Regional Co-ordinator for ASOCON;
h) "National Co-ordinator" shall mean the official appointed by a Participant to take responsibility for coordinating ASOCON activities at the national level and to represent his Institution on the Consultative Board of ASOCON;


3. For the purpose of achieving its objectives ASOCON may undertake the following activities:

i) The collection, compilation and dissemination of information concerning the situation within the region with regard to the severity of the problem of declining land productivity, the existing national programmes and activities and the various Government departments, ministries and institutions and Non Government agencies involved in conservation programmes at the small-scale farm level.
ii) Documentation of successful conservation practices and innovative techniques (both farmers' traditional practices and research and extension recommendations) from within the region with a view to technology transfer.
iii) Publication of a newsletter at least 3 times a year to promote ASOCON's activities.
iv) Preparation of case studies of past and ongoing conservation projects, traditional and improved conservation farming practices for the purpose of subjecting them to environmental, and/or economic and financial appraisal so as to evaluate the reasons for success or failure of the projects and conservation effectiveness and adoptability of the practices.
v) Organization of periodic regional workshops and seminars to facilitate the exchange of experience between subject matter specialists designated by Participants.
vi) Implementation of a series of regional action learning and development programmes each with its own programme of regional and national level activities that may include regional workshops, expert consultations, and training linked with collaborative in country research and development, extension and training activities.
vii) Promotion of inter-country exchange of research and extension staff, and regional training opportunities on TCDC basis in recognition of the experience, expertise and resources existing within the region.
viii) Provision of advice and training in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national programmes and projects, principally those of regional interest, in the field of soil and water conservation.
ix) Other activities which are required to achieve the above objectives..

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