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The Climate Smart Land Use in ASEAN (CSLU) project aims to strengthen ASEAN’s contributions to international and national climate-policy processes on climate-smart land use in agriculture and forestry. CLSU builds on the successes of the Forestry and Climate Change Project under the former ASEAN-German Program on Response to Climate Change, which has supported ASEAN in improving framework for sustainable agriculture and forestry in ASEAN Member States. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH working in close cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat.

The ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN ) is a platform for the exchange and sharing of information, experiences, and expertise on climate smart agriculture in ASEAN supported by CLSU and the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP).

One of the major achievements of ASEAN-CRN is establishing the ASEAN Negotiating Group on Agriculture (ANGA). Since 2018, ANGA has been representing ASEAN positions on agriculture in the negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In collaboration with FAO RAP, CSLU provides capacity building and coordination support to ANGA.

In 2021, SEI was contracted by GIZ to provide support to ASEAN-CRN and ANGA. For ASEAN-CRN, SEI provides strategic inputs for the network’s direction, aligns its work with ASEAN goals, supports the network’s communication and cooperation process of its members and monitors the implementation of ASEAN-CRN’s workplan. For ANGA, SEI provides strategic inputs and support communication and cooperation process among ANGA members, including processes related to developing UNFCCC submissions. In particular, SEI supports ANGA’s coordination meetings, training events, participation in climate change negotiations (Subsidiary Bodies and Conference of Parties), organizing debriefings and liaising with other negotiation stakeholders, including G77 & China, the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change and UNFCCC focal points, to ensure that ANGA’s work and outputs are properly coordinated and communicated.