Consultation Workshop on GMS Climate Change and Environment Sustainability Program (CCESP)

Kunming, The People's Republic of China 1 to 2 April 2019

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Climate Change and Environment Sustainability Program (CCESP): The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) on CCESP will build on the key achievements of two phases of the Core Environment Program and support the implementation of the GMS Core Environment Program Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2018-2022, which was endorsed at the Fifth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting held in 2018. The CCESP will focus on creating enabling conditions to leverage additional investment in priority areas such as (i) green technologies and sustainable infrastructure; (ii) natural resources and ecosystem services; and (iii) green growth, climate resilience and disaster risk management.

CCESP’s key focus is to support countries in achieving environment and climate action-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The proposed TA will assist GMS towards becoming a more integrated, prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable subregion by contributing to development of a greater number of “green and climate-friendly” projects in the GMS Regional Investment Framework (RIF).


The CCESP TA will have six themes to be implemented over a period of 5 years:


      1.          Green technologies for climate action and environmental sustainability

      2.          Financing sustainable infrastructure and low-carbon, climate-resilient technologies

      3.          Pollution Control and Sustainable Waste Management  

      4.          Climate-smart ecosystem landscapes  

      5.          Decarbonization of agriculture, energy and transport sectors 

      6.          Climate change adaptation and disaster risk management


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a workshop on the GMS CCESP on 1-2 April 2019in Kunming, People’s Republic of China. The workshop was divided into six sessions, where each session discussed (i) key challenges for each six themes, (ii)  current status (e.g. policies, building capacities and mobilizing investment for infrastructure), and best practices that could be replicated, (iii)  key priorities for action, and (iv) advantages or disadvantages in adopting a regional approach.


More than 70 participants attended, including senior government officials from 6 ADB developing member countries, senior staff from international and regional development organizations, including ADB, non-government organizations, academia, and the private sector.




Presentation materials can be downloaded below.


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GMS Working Group on Environment 24th Annual Meeting

1st April 2019

The 24th Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group (WG) on Environment reviewed the achievements of the GMS Core Environment Program Phase II and discussed the way forward. WGE AM-24 was hosted by the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) with support from ADB through the GMS Environment Operations Center.


The WGE AM-24 was followed by thematic discussions that covered the proposed new programs entitled: "GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program (CCESP)" and "GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP)" which are aligned with three out of seven operational priorities of Strategy 2030 approved by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board in 2018.


The CCESP will focus on ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability, while SAFSP will focus on ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: promoting rural development and food security. Both programs will support ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: fostering regional cooperation and integration.


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Digital Technologies for Advancing Food Security, Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability

14 to 15 March 2019

To assess current status of application of digital technologies in four areas:

1.Sustainable agriculture

2.Food traceability

3.Climate action (mitigation and adaptation)

4.Environmental sustainability


To solicit views from the representatives of the government, private sector, development partners and academia on most appropriate technologies, needs and gaps, and future priorities for action in the GMS


To identify opportunities for public-private partnerships in deployment of digital technologies in the GMS


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