PPP Training on Environmental Safeguards for Transport and Energy in the GMS

Bangkok, Thailand 25 to 29 March 2013

This 5-day training program aimed to provide planners and environmental assessment practitioners with the concepts, tools and approaches to systematically integrate environmental safeguards into the transport and energy sectors of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program. 

Organized by EOC in collaboration with ADB's Phonm Penh Plan program, the training focused on how to apply strategic environment assessment (SEA) in support of sector planning processes, and project-level environmental and social assessment good practice. Particular attention was given to best practice in SEA and environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) and identifying key features and actions required to enhance sector planning effectiveness and project sustainability.

Target Participants

Participants were GMS middle level officials (director level and equivalent) who were part of the GMS National Secretariats, members of the GMS Working Groups, and/or members of focal agencies (or executing agencies) involved in development planning at provincial, national and subregional levels. They came from the following sector/line agencies: energy, transport, planning, finance and provincial government offices, and about 24 people attended.

Program Content

The training program had the following four themes:
1.SEA application in transport and energy sectors; assessment of economic and environmental trade-offs associated with sector development plans, and effective integration of environmental aspects into sector planning and implementation.

2.Fundamentals of environmental and social impact assessment good practice; learning from international and regional experience in identifying key and recurrent issues and strengthening project safeguard performance.

3.Good practice criteria for sustainability and safeguards in regional transport investment, including climate proofing of transport projects.

4.Integration of environmental and social safeguards into GMS energy projects; building cost-effective additionalities into project design, construction, and operation

Expected Outcomes

Immediate outcomes for participants were expected to be:
1.Improved understanding of how environmental safeguards can enhance investment performance in transport and energy sectors.

2.Better appreciation and knowledge of safeguards good practice and effectiveness monitoring, encompassing: (i) application of SEA in transport and energy sector planning, (ii) good practice for conduct and review of environmental impact assessments, (iii) criteria for sustainability and safeguards in regional transport investments, and (iv) integration of environmental and social safeguards into regional energy projects.

3.Sharpened problem solving, analytical and strategic action skills in formulating and implementing transport and energy sector plans and projects.

4.Shared experiences and creation of a GMS environmental planning and safeguards community of practitioners.

Trainers and Learning Approach

The program was delivered by development planning and environment safeguards experts from the Asian Development Bank, EOC,  and universities and environment-related agencies from the GMS and beyond. Participatory learning methods were the focus, including case studies, group discussions, and problem solving exercises, as well as presentations from experts.


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See also

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

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.

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Consultation Workshop on GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP)

3 to 4 April 2019

GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP): The proposed TA will build on accomplishments of the two phases of the Core Agriculture Support Program and support the implementation of Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the GMS and Siem Reap Action Plan, which was endorsed by the GMS Agriculture Ministers in late 2017. The SAFSP interventions will focus on areas such as (i) climate-smart and gender-conscious agricultural value chains, (ii) food safety and quality, and (iii) water-food-energy nexus in a warming world (through the adoption of climate-friendly agricultural adaptation practices and technologies).


SAFSP will focus on ADB’s value addition in advancing the use of advanced digital technologies, leveraging investments and applying integrated solutions on the safe, environment and climate-friendly agro-based value chains in the GMS. The TA will assist GMS towards becoming a more integrated, prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable subregion, by focusing on principles such as “food safety for all, climate-friendly agriculture, inclusiveness of small farmers, gender empowerment, corporate social responsibility, good governance, benefits for all GMS countries, and integration with ASEAN”.


The SAFSP will have the following themes to be implemented over 5 years:


      1.          Greening of agribusiness supply chains

      2.          Inclusive and gender-conscious food value chains

      3.          Financing climate-friendly agribusinesses

      4.          Food safety and quality standards, certification and traceability

      5.          Cross-border animal health and value chain development

      6.          Water for food security in a changing climate

      7.          Agricultural adaptation in the context of water-food-energy nexus


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a workshop on the GMS SAFSP on 3-4 April 2019in Kunming, People’s Republic of China. The workshop was divided into six sessions, where each session discussed (i) key challenges for each seven 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 80 participants attended. Delegates included senior government officials from 6ADB developing member countries, senior staff from international and regional development organizations, including ADB, non-government organizations, academia, and the private sector.

The agenda and presentation materials can be downloaded below.


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