Climate Action Network South East Asia – CANSEA


The issue of climate change has to be addressed beyond the national level. Regional cooperation, particularly in fast developing South East Asia region, is absolutely essential so that all organisations concerned about the devastating effect of climate change can form partnerships to exchange information, strengthen communication and coordinate activities.

The Climate Action Network South East Asia (CANSEA) was formed in 1991 to meet these objectives. It consists of at least 15 non-governmental organisations (NGO) based in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, with dozens of other organisations working in partnership on related issues such as renewable energy, sustainable energy development, natural resource management, technology development and exchange, international agreements and financing.

The objective of CANSEA is to strengthen the ability of organisation concerned with climate change in the region to address this issue effectively. This would be through providing support for lobbying activities, training, education and awareness, exchange of information, pooling of resources and expanding network.

What Does CANSEA do?

The organisations in CANSEA carry out a broad ranging and wide number of activities in their respective countries, including:

  • organising workshops and seminars on climate change
  • providing inputs at international conventions and meetings on climate change
  • gathering date and information resources on climate change, as well as related issues such as energy consumption and transportation
  • producing education and awareness materials such as leaflets, posters, booklets and videos
  • implementing small scale community based model projects
  • promoting alternatives technologies in energy consumption and transportation
  • working together with the relevant government and international agencies on policies related to climate change

CANSEA Guiding Principles

  1. One of the Climate Action Network South East Asia – CANSEA abiding principles is that no single country should dominate CANSEA and that as many NGOs as possible should gain experience in running the Regional Steering Committee. Hence the Secretariat has been rotating every 2 years. With the expectation that the Regional Coordinator appointed by the National Node has had some experience in CANSEA as a Steering Committee member as well as attending UNFCCC meetings.CAN-SouthEastAsia-logo 210
  2. While CANSEA members of the host country are supposed to monitor the work of the Reg. Secretariat, CANSEA is run by a Steering Committee (SC) made up of 3 members from each member country [with the National Coordinator being one of them, while the other 2 must come from 2 other NGOs]. The Regional Coordinator consults the SC members by email on major issues and tries to arrange for a physical meeting at least once a year during a UNFCCC’s COP meetings.
  3. As for funding, the Reg. Secretariat expenses are covered by the host NGO while the Reg. Coordinator raises money for specific regional projects and if possible for participation in UNFCCC meetings. In the past, funds allowed for the production of a regular newsletter SEANEWS. National nodes are expected to raise their own funds including for UNFCCC events, unless these are available from CAN, which has become rarer by the day.
  4. Membership application procedures must follow those spelled out in the Membership section of this website
  5. At least the national node should be listed as a participant of CANTalk and should encourage as many members to also participate.
  6. Communication has to be two way especially between the Reg. Coordinator and the national nodes. There needs to be active contributions to keep the website current and also to develop common positions.
  7. CANSEA members are encouraged to play proactive roles at the national and regional level and not to be obsessed with the UNFCCC or CAN. Where possible, members should join CAN working groups..
  8. Whenever the Reg. Sec. or the Coordinator have failed to discharge satisfactorily their duties, it is the responsibility of the national node and the members to rectify the situation and advise the Reg. SC members.
  9. If any CANSEA member organisation resigns from the national grouping or ceases to exist, it is the responsibility of the national node to inform the Reg. Coordinator who will remove it from the membership list and advise CAN accordingly. The contact person’s email will be removed from CANTalk. Similarly, any SC member will be replaced if he/she leaves the member organisaton represented.

CANSEA Steering Committee

  • 3 members per country
  • Facilitator of National Climate Change Group
  • National Climate Change Groups formed to make sure all partners involved in decision making

Regional Secretariat

Host country – Rotate every two years to member countries to manage the secretariat

  • 1992-1993 – Indonesia
  • 1994-1995 – Philippines
  • 1996-1997 – Malaysia
  • 1998-1999 – Indonesia
  • 2000-2001 – Philippines
  • 2002-2003 – Malaysia
  • 2004-2008 – Philippines
  • 2009-2010 – Indonesia
  • 2010-2012 – Malaysia
  • 2012-2015 – Thailand
  • 2015-2017 – Indonesia
  • 2017-2019 – Malaysia