Regional Consultation on Transboundary Biodiversity Landscapes

6 to 7 May 2014

Government and international organization representatives attended a two-meeting organized by EOC to explore collaboration opportunities for improving the management of Transboundary Biodiversity Landscapes (TBLs) in the GMS.

Seven TBLs in the GMS are the geographic focus for much of CEP work, including the establishment of biodiversity corridors within which conservation, livelihood development, and climate change adaptation activities are ongoing.

Between them, the seven TBLs cover more than 30 million hectares of the GMS and contain much of the subregion’s remaining natural capital stocks (forest, land and water resources), including  Southeast Asia’s most important biodiversity. The natural resources and ecosystem services from these landscapes underpin water, food, and energy security in the GMS; however rapid and poorly managed development is placing an increasing strain on the natural capital, and livelihoods in the TBLs.

Many actors are working within the TBLs and other GMS landscapes to protect biodiversity, promote stronger, more sustainable livelihoods, and improve planning and management processes. There is huge potential for closer collaboration and knowledge sharing which in turn could lead to more cohesive and effective interventions in the landscapes and ultimately more effective sustainable management.

In an effort to stimulate greater collaboration, this regional consultation brought together actors with the objective of:

  • Identifying who is working where in the landscapes
  • Sharing knowledge on the work undertaken or planned in the landscapes
  • Reviewing CEP’s biodiversity monitoring framework and agreeing on a common set of indicators
  •  Identifying an informal mechanism for collaboration on strategic planning, management, and monitoring of the landscapes.

Apart from representatives from GMS environment ministries and EOC, attendees included Conservation International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society, United Nations Development Program, World Wildlife Fund, Birdlife International, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, and Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariate.

See also

Lao PDR: Improving Lives and Saving Forests

10th December 2018

In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, a community is creating products without damaging the environment, and empowering women in the process.

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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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