Stimulating Knowledge Exchange Between the Countries

The GMS countries share many common environmental challenges and each country is testing solutions to suit their national priorities and contexts. This creates fertile ground for the six countries to exchange experiences and ideas. Sometimes, the spark for a country to try new approaches can be created simply by bringing people together to inspire and learn from each other, as is happening in the GMS.

The CEP provides many such provides many such opportunities through its knowledge events for environmental officials and development experts. The CEP network now includes many partners from throughout the subregion who have forged close working relationships with each other over the years.

The Working Group on Environment’s annual meeting in 2015 is a good example of how this spirit of sharing and cooperation is working. At the meeting, Viet Nam made a presentation on the successful pilot of its national payments for forest environmental services scheme. Under this scheme, more than half a million rural people receive cash payments from hydropower and water utility companies for patrolling and monitoring forest watersheds.

Inspired by the presentation, Cambodia’s Working Group on Environment coordinator, Khieu Borin, approached his counterpart from Viet Nam, Kim Ngoc, to learn more. In 2016, and with CEP support, Borin organized a national workshop on payments for ecosystem services (PES), which was attended by ministries and development organizations. The momentum for PES has since gathered steam in Cambodia, with government plans underway to trial PES for important watersheds in Sihanoukville and Siem Reap provinces, and possibly to develop a national policy. This example shows that good ideas can catch on due to the willingness of GMS countries to exchange their experiences and knowledge.


Publish Date: 31st March 2018

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

3 to 4 April 2019
Event

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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Digital Technologies for Advancing Food Security, Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability

14 to 15 March 2019
Event

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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