The First GMS Environment Ministers Meeting
Shanghai, PRC 24 to 25 May 2005
The first GMS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM) was held in Shanghai, PRC on 25 May 2005. The overall theme of the meeting was “Managing Shared Natural Resources for Sustainable Development“. The meeting took stock of achievements in GMS environmental cooperation and discussed future directions for regional cooperation in environment and natural resources management.
The meeting discussed three aspects relating to enhanced environmental cooperation in GMS Program, namely: (i) Core Environment Program (CEP); (ii) Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Initiative (BCI); and (iii) Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA). The meeting also considered the establishment of the GMS Environment Operations Center (EOC). Toward the end of the meeting, a Joint Ministerial Statement was issued, which is expected to form the basis for preparing an announcement on the CEP, in particular the BCI, at the GMS Summit of Leaders in Kunming, PRC on 4-5 July 2005.