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

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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