The Greater Mekong Subregion Roundtable on Climate Change Adaptation

The GMS Roundtable on Climate Change Adaptation was launched by the Environment Operations Center in 2013 as forum for Bangkok-based regional organizations working on climate change to regularly meet, share information, and collaborate on climate challenges. Since its inception, roundtable partners have identified critical research gaps, developed adaptation tools and methodologies, and collaborated on new knowledge resources.

For Alex Smajgl, managing director of the Mekong Region Futures Institute, a roundtable founder, the initiative provides a mechanism for regional climate change specialists and their organizations to better coordinate their work to maximize impact. “It’s all about an opportunity to influence climate change policy and programs,” he says.

One of the early collaborations for the roundtable members was shaping events and knowledge products for the 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting, held in early 2015. This ensured climate change adaptation issues and solutions were high on the agenda at the flagship GMS environment event. 

That same year, roundtable partners began working on guidelines for assessing climate change vulnerability within the subregion’s many watersheds. Building capacity for such assessments is critical as the impacts and changes from climate change will be felt most acutely in catchment areas, which are becoming an increasingly important geographic focus of government planning processes. A workshop was held in September 2017 where the guidelines were tested and refined. The guidelines were finalized in November 2017 and will be a valuable tool for climate change practitioners and government planners throughout the subregion.

The roundtable is a good example of the CEP’s value to the region. Says Smajgl, “CEP occupies a very unique space with its focus on the GMS and its coordination function bringing together environment ministries and stakeholders.”

Under the third phase of the CEP, the Environment Operations Center (EOC) will continue to coordinate the Roundtable, and develop its already prominent role in generating and disseminating knowledge on climate change issues in the GMS.

Roundtable Organizations:

  • GMS Environment Operations Center
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
  • Mekong Region Futures Institute
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • Southeast Asia START Regional Center Stockholm Environment Institute Thailand Environment Institute
  • UN Environment
  • USAID
  • United States Forest Service

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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Consultation Workshop on GMS Climate Change and Environment Sustainability Program (CCESP)

1 to 2 April 2019
Event

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Climate Change and Environment Sustainability Program (CCESP): The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) on CCESP will build on the key achievements of two phases of the Core Environment Program and support the implementation of the GMS Core Environment Program Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2018-2022, which was endorsed at the Fifth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting held in 2018. The CCESP will focus on creating enabling conditions to leverage additional investment in priority areas such as (i) green technologies and sustainable infrastructure; (ii) natural resources and ecosystem services; and (iii) green growth, climate resilience and disaster risk management.

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