GMS Launches Strategy for Safe and Environmentally-Friendly Agriculture Products

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries have endorsed a 5-year strategy to establish the subregion as a leading supplier of “safe and environmentally-friendly agriculture products.” The 2018-2022 GMS Strategy and Siem Reap Action Plan was approved at the 2nd GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-2) in Siem Reap on 8 September.

Ramesh Subramaniam, Director General of the Asian Development Bank’s Southeast Asia department, emphasized ADB’s ongoing support to help the GMS countries realize their potential in building safe and sustainable food systems.

“With the GMS countries’ shared borders and increasingly connected agriculture supply chains, they are well-positioned to supply safe and quality food with a reduced environment footprint to its Southeast Asian neighbors and the world,” said Mr. Subramaniam.

GMS Core Environment Program representatives were at the ministers’ meeting to promote the value of CLUMondo as a land-use planning tool to support environmentally sustainable agriculture. CEP held a side session on CLUMondo on 7 September and hosted a CEP knowledge booth featuring the tool at the AMM-2 knowledge marketplace. Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Hor Namhong, and Heads of Delegations from the six countries visited the booth.

CEP also judged environment category winners for the GMS Choice Awards at AMM-2. The Cambodian fish sauce producers, Khmer Prahoc Product Standard Association, won the environmentally-friendly packaging award, and Genius Shan Highlands Coffee from Myanmar, the most environment-friendly agro-food tourism destination.

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Publish Date: 11th September 2017

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Green Growth in the GMS: Best Practices

11th July 2017
Event

This workshop brought together environment and other GMS officials with international experts to explore green growth opportunities in the subregion.

Topics included:

  • Green Growth Opportunities in the GMS: Setting the Context
  • Environmental Technological Innovation
  • Promoting a Transition Toward a Green Economy
  • Financial Innovation

The workshop participants also discussed emerging environmental priorities and potential investments in the subregion as identified by recent CEP country consultations as part of the CEP Phase III planning process. 

The workshop, held the day before the GMS Working Group on Environment's 23rd Annual Meeting, was the second in a series of three under the green growth theme that will be held in the lead up to the 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting, scheduled for early 2018. The first was in Bangkok in March, titled “Green Growth in the GMS: Trends and Priorities.”

Presentations and other materials from the event can be downloaded below.

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Regional Knowledge Sharing Event on Transboundary Biodiversity Landscape Management in the GMS

24th November 2016
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Senior environment and forestry officials from Yunnan and Guangxi met with representatives from the other five GMS countries to exchange experiences and lessons from biodiversity conservation work in transboundary landscapes.

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