10th GMS Economic Corridors Forum
Cambodia's Road Map for Sustainable Development: The National Environment Strategy and Action Plan
Cambodia’s National Environment Strategy and Action Plan, 2016–2023 (NESAP) aims to ensure that environmental protection and sustainable natural resource management are pillars of the country’s socioeconomic development.
Strategic Environmental Assessments for Power Sector Planning in the GMS
This publication shows how strategic environmental assessments can help the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries create sustainable national power development plans.
42nd Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group
GMS Core Environment Program, 2018-2023 brochure
This brochure overviews the achievements of the GMS Core Environment Program during 2012-2018 and introduces its new 5-year strategy and action plan.
GMS Environmental Performance Assessment, 2006-2016
This report examines the environmental situation in the Greater Mekong Subregion based on a 10-year environmental performance assessment.
Asia Water Forum 2018
ADB Transport Forum 2018
Innovations in Land Use Planning in the GMS
Drawing on a decade of CEP experience, this brief provides an overview of land use planning challenges and opportunities in the subregion.
Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program - 10 Years of Cooperation
This publication highlights how the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program (CEP) has contributed to sustainable development over the last decade.
Projecting Industrial Pollution in the GMS
This brief summarizes the diverse pollutants and their sources that are harming the natural environment and people’s well-being in the Greater Mekong Subregion. It looks at how the Industrial Pollution Projection System (IPPS) has been used in the subregion to help identify current and future pollution risks, and makes recommendations for its future application.
Watershed Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Guidelines
These guidelines aim to help GMS climate change practitioners and planners to embrace more robust, participatory, and integrated watershed planning processes that anticipate climate change vulnerabilities and identify opportunities to minimize them. The guidelines introduce the basic concepts of watershed vulnerability and adaptation assessments (W-VAAs), key principles and steps to conduct them, and overviews the tools that can be used.
Mekong Tourism Forum 2018
Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Siem Reap Action Plan, 2018-2022
This report discusses opportunities for safe and environment-friendly agriculture products in the Greater Mekong Subregion and highlights the Siem Reap Action Plan, 2018–2022.
Asia Clean Energy Forum 2018
15th Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Agriculture
51st ADB Annual Meeting
6th GMS Summit
Guangxi Project Brief - Biodiversity Landscape and Livelihood
The GMS Core Environment Program (CEP) has been working with China's Guangxi Environmental Protection Department (GEPD) since 2006 to pilot biodiversity conservation initiatives in the Sino-Viet Nam Transboundary Bi...
The GMS Core Environment Program Strategy and Action Plan, 2018-2022
This publication outlines the strategic priorities and actions for the third phase of the GMS Core Environment Program, from 2018-2022. It was endorsed by environment leaders at the 5th GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting on 1 February 2018.
Video: Driving Toward Green Freight in the GMS
This video introduces how green freight approaches can provide environmental and economic win-wins for the transport sector in the GMS.
Video: Environmental Cooperation in the GMS
Government and development partners talk about the importance of regional environmental cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion, with a focus on the GMS Core Environment Program. The film was launched at the Fifth GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 1 February 2018.
EMM-5 (Formal Meeting of Ministers)
Environment ministers from the six GMS countries gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 1 February 2018 to review the Core Environment Program’s (CEP) progress and achievements and endorse its new Strategic Framework and Action Plan, 2018-2022.
Development Partners' Roundtable
On 31 Jan, regional development partners discussed potential areas of collaboration under the Core Environment Program’s Strategic Framework and Action Plan, 2018–2022 and drafted statements to present to enviroment leaders at the 5th GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting.
Fifth GMS Environment Ministers' Meeting
Every 3 years the environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries gather to review progress and set the agenda for environmental cooperation in the subregion under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program.
Forum on Inclusive Green Growth: Investing for a Sustainable Future - 30-31 January
The forum aimed to identify barriers and opportunities, including for financing and technologies, to scale up green growth approaches in the GMS.
Safeguarding Myanmar's Environment
This publication summarizes Myanmar’s progress in building a national EIA system and how the Asian Development Bank has contributed to its development. It also overviews the basic elements of EIA, how it can will help achieve environmental sustainability in the country as well as challenges and next steps.
Workshop to Test GMS Watershed Climate Vulnerability Assessment Guidelines
Second GMS Agriculture Ministers' Meeting
GMS Working Group on Environment 23rd Annual Meeting
The 23rd Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment reviewed Core Environment Program achievements and challenges during 2016 and discuss progress and priorities for CEP Phase III planning.
Green Growth in the GMS: Best Practices
This workshop brought together environment and other GMS officials with international experts to explore green growth opportunities in the subregion.
- Green Growth Opportunities in the GMS: Setting the Context
- Environmental Technological Innovation
- Promoting a Transition Toward a Green Economy
- Financial Innovation
13th Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the GMS
At this Roundtable, the edited version of the Watershed-scale Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment guidelines will be reviewed.
Building Capacity for Land Use Change Modeling (2014–2017)
Land use is constantly changing in the Greater Mekong Subregion. At the same time, land use planning processes are often poorly informed, risking decisions that may lead to social and environmental costs that outweigh intended benefits.
GMS Transboundary Biodiversity Landscape Management Knowledge Sharing Event
Environment officials from the six GMS countries met in Jinghong, PRC, to share biodiversity conservation experiences and to plan initiatives for increased cooperation in transboundary areas.
Discover GMS: Asia’s Natural Hub - THAIFEX World of Food Asia 2017
Under the theme "Discover GMS - Asia’s Natural Hub," the Greater Mekong Subregion Working Group on Agriculture is organizing a pavilion, chef shows, coffee and tea demonstrations, and two policy forum events at THAIFEX-World of Food Asia 2017.
Yunnan Project Briefs - Biodiversity Landscapes and Livelihoods
The GMS Core Environment Program has been working with China's Yunnan Environmental Protection Department (YEPD) since 2006 to pilot biodiversity conservation initiatives in the province.
International Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure: Integrating Climate Resilience and Natural Capital into Transport Infrastructure Planning and Design
A forum for decision makers and experts to deliberate and draft guiding principles for planning, designing and financing climate-resilient and ecologically sound transport infrastructure.
Risk Financing for Rural Climate Resilience in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Rural communities in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are vulnerable to climate-related disasters. In 2008, tropical cyclone Nargis killed 84,500 people and impacted the livelihoods of 2.4 million people. In 2011, large-scale floods in Thailand affected 14 million people and caused $45.7 billion in damages.
Improving Payment for Forest Ecosystem Services Implementation: TA-8592 VIE (2014-2016)
Viet Nam is a country with rich biodiversity, possessing natural ecosystems from tropical jungles to dry forests, mountains, wetlands, and marine ecosystems. Forests cover 43% of the land and provide ecosystem goods and services that are essential to sustain the livelihoods of much of the population.
1st Task Force Meeting for the 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting
Every three years the environment ministers from the six GMS countries gather to review progress and set the agenda for environmental cooperation in the region under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program.
Green Growth in the GMS: Trends and Priorities
This two-day workshop was the first in a series of three events that will feed into the 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting, scheduled for early 2018.
4th Viet Nam Natural Capital Platform Meeting
Led by the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam’s Natural Capital Platform aims to integrate natural capital considerations into development planning.
Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Outlook
Examining the SDGs goal by goal shows that governments will confront many common and fundamental challenges as they work to advance sustainable development.
Inception Workshops: M&E for Payments for Environmental Services in Viet Nam
Local authorities, forest owners, and development partners met to initiate a new project to develop and test an M&E framework for payments for environmental services in Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue provinces.
Green Freight Initiative Viet Nam – Final Workshop
This two-part workshop brought together government and private sector transport sector representatives to discuss the results, challenges and opportunities of the Core Environment Program’s GMS Green Freight Initiative.
Workshop: GMS Land-Use Change Modeling Network
This workshop brought together members of the GMS land-use change modeling network to share project results and develop proposals for future work.
3rd Training on Assessing Community Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
The third and final workshop in CEP’s training module on integrating climate change adaptation into local planning focused on identifying and implementing adaptation options.
Workshop: Designing Development Scenarios for Land-use Modeling
Information on how future development may unfold is essential for land use change modeling.
ADB Working Paper: Green Growth Opportunities for Asia
This ADB Working Paper assesses the low-carbon economy in Asia: how large it is today and how well it will fare in the future.
Training on Pollution Modeling
Cambodia National Environment Portal Consultative Meeting
ADB - Nature-Based Solutions for Building Resilience in Towns and Cities: Case Studies from the Greater Mekong Subregion
Green infrastructure can play a significant role in offsetting losses from climate-related disasters and contribute to building resilience through rehabilitation and expansion of natural ecosystems within built areas.
Sino-Laos Transboundary Biodiversity Cooperation Annual Meeting
National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan - Final Meeting
Key stakeholders overseeing Cambodia’s National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP) met to review the latest draft in preparation for its submittal to the government for approval.
The Twelfth Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the GMS
With the first joint knowledge product on Watershed-scale Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment guidelines now finalized, this 12th Roundtable event will discuss a dissemination plan and capacity building plan.
21st GMS Ministerial Conference
Regional Knowledge Sharing Event on Transboundary Biodiversity Landscape Management in the GMS
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.
ADB: Toward a National Eco-Compensation Regulation in the People’s Republic of China
The People’s Republic of China practices “eco-compensation” to promote environmental protection and restoration. This study examines the theory, practice, and legislation governing this in selected ecological areas.
2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy
Workshop on Biodiversity Conservation Corridor Impacts in Thailand's Western Forest Complex
This workshop will look at how Thailand's first biodiversity conservation corridor - in the Western Forest Complex - has made a difference to biodiversity and local livelihoods over the past decade.
Workshop on GIS-based Spatial Analysis
More than 100 government planners and development partners shared experiences on how multicriterial spatial analysis (MCA) using GIS can help decision makers with environmental management.
ADB: Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2016
The Key Indicators presents key statistics on development issues concerning Asia and the Pacific and includes the latest available economic, financial, social, and environmental indicators for ADB's 48 region...
5th ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN Judicial Cooperation on the Environment - The Proceedings
The Fifth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment provided a platform for leaders of ASEAN judiciaries to discuss, share experiences, and decide on how to further strengthen collective action in addressing transboundary environmental challenges.
Natural Capital Platform Meeting
Vietnamese government officials and development partners met to discuss arrangements to formalize a Natural Capital Platform (NCP).
2nd Training on Assessing Community Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
3rd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting
ADB: Asia-Pacific Summit on Low Carbon Technology: Building Partnerships for Low Carbon Technology Promotion
Thailand and Cambodia Transboundary Biodiversity Cooperation Meeting
Government officials from Cambodia and Thailand met to look at ways to increase biodiversity conservation cooperation in border areas of the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains landscape.
A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was tabled for discussion, outlinin...
Cambodia and Thailand Study Visit to Eastern Forest Complex, Cardamom Mountains Landscape
Government officials from Thailand and Cambodia visited the Eastern Forest Complex to exchange experience on biodiversity conservation and to identify opportunities for collaboration in the Cardamon and Elephant Mountains landscape that straddles both countries.
Specific objectives of the field visit were to:
- Discuss the establishment of a multi-sector policy and technical working group to plan and manage the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains TBL and collaboration mechanisms between relevant provinces in the two countries.
- To assess and identify the potential of a TBL management strategy, establishing biodiversity corridors, and to source investment opportunit...
Workshop on Environmental Protection Planning
Viet Nam is in the process of developing an Environmental Protection Planning (EPP) Circular to improve environmental management within the country. This workshop aimed to build stakeholder awareness of environmental protection and planning and draws on international and national best practice and experience.
Support to Viet Nam’s Environmental Protection Planning Circular (2016)
Viet Nam has dramatically reduced poverty over the past two decades through rapid economic development. However, this process has included some poorly planned industrialization, urbanization, and agricultural intensification, which has led to pollution, resource depletion, and environmental degradation.
Workshop: Estimating Pollution Intensity of the Manufacturing Sector in Cambodia
ADB Transport Forum 2016
Training on EIA Report Review
Following up on similar trainings delivered in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville in late 2015, this 3-day workshop trained 48 provincial authorities on how to commission, design, review, and report on EIA documents.
China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum 2016
Video: Rare Plant and Animal Species Find Sanctuary in PRC's Tropical Rainforest
Biodiversity corridors have been introduced in threatened tropical areas of Yunnan province, People's Republic of China, with ADB support. The program is ensuring the survival of rare plant and animal species, while eco-farming practices provide local communities with sustainable livelihoods.
Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update: Meeting the Low-Carbon Growth Challenge
Asian policy makers are willing partners in the global effort against climate change. But the region can and must go beyond current national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and hold global warming short of catastrophe.
17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference
Green Freight and Logistics Day
A Green Freight and Logistics Day was held as a pre-event to the 9th Better Air Quality Conference in Buson, South Korea, to highlight green freight intiatives in Asia and key lessons and opportunities for future scaling up.
Eco-driving to Reduce Freight GHG Emissions in the GMS
Truck drivers from over 100 freight companies in Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam have undergone eco-driving training as the Green Freight Initiative tests ways to lessen the environmental impacts of freight transport in the GMS.
5th Inter-Ministerial Task Force Meeting on NESAP Formulation
Video: Safeguarding Yunnan's Biodiversity
This film highlights the environmental challenges facing China's Southwestern province of Yunnan as well as ongoing efforts to protect the unique biodiversity in the province's Xishuangbanna prefecture.
NESAP 2nd National Consultation Workshop
The aim of this national workshop is to present and gather feedback on the first draft of Cambodia's National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP).
8th GMS Economic Corridors Forum
ADB Video: New Road in Lao PDR Changes Everything
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has built a new road with help from ADB linking the tourist town of Luangprabang with the country’s border with Thailand. Finished in 2014, the 367-km road provides access to goods, services and jobs and new businesses are flourishing along its length.
Watch the vi...
ADB: Greater Mekong Subregion Statistics on Growth, Infrastructure, and Trade
This ADB publication provides a snapshot of the GMS subregion's performance from 1992-2014, highlighting growth in output and merchandise trade, developments in ICT, and trends in subregional integration.
13th Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Agriculture
The 13th Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Agriculture (WGA AM-13) is hosted by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
22nd Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment
This 22nd Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE AM-22) was hosted by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in cooperation with the GMS Environment Operations Center (EOC).
4th Inter-Ministerial Task Force Meeting on NESAP Formulation
11th Climate Change Roundtable Meeting
ADB Video: Manure is Money in the People’s Republic of China
Livestock farms in Jiangxi Province, People's Republic of China, are converting pig waste into clean energy. This is helping to manage an environmental threat, contribute to the national energy grid, and boost the incomes of farmers.
Environmental Code Consultation Workshop
37th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group and 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum
Natural Capital and the Rule of Law: Proceedings of the ADB Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment 2013
This publication captures the proceedings of the Second Asian Judges Symposium: "Natural Capital and the Rule of Law" held 3–5 December 2013 in Manila, the Philippines.
Following the success of ...
2016 Korea Low Carbon & Green Growth Earth Summit and Expo
20th GMS Subregional Transport Forum
20th Meeting Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee
NESAP National Consultation
4th NESAP Task Force Meeting
SEA Support for Land Use Planning in Viet Nam (2015-2016)
Viet Nam’s 10-year Land Use Plans undergo revisions every 5 years, a process led by the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MONRE).
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Asia
4th Green Mekong Forum
Green Freight and Logistics in Southeast Asia
Government officials, international experts, and private representatives from Southeast Asian countries met in Bangkok for two days to develop a regional agenda to scale up ‘green freight’ in the region.
ADB: 2015 Clean Energy Investments: Project Summaries
This report summarizes the $2.47 billion of investments in clean energy made by ADB in 2015, condensing information from project databases and formal reports in an easy-to-reference format.
ADB: GMS Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan: Second Progress Report
This second progress report provides the status of the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan as of 31 December 2015, for all sectors, both investment and techn...
International Transport Forum
Cambodia Provincial EIA Training
Since 2005, responsibility for dealing with the environmental review of projects less than $2million has been delegated to Cambodia’s Provincial offices.
2nd Provincial Consultation on the NESAP
Provincial authorities will have a key role in implementing policies and programs that stem from Cambodia's National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP). This 2nd consultation workshop bought together government officials from the country's n...
Cambodia Safeguards Support (2015-2016)
Although Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been a legal requirement in Cambodia since 1999, many poorly planned investment projects continue to have major environmental and social consequences.
IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability
IAIA Session: SEA Experience from the GMS
The GMS Core Environment Program hosted a session on strategic environmental assessment (SEA) at the 36th Annual Conference of International Association of Impact Assessment.
1st Provincial Consultation on the NESAP
Provincial authorities will have a key role in implementing policies and programs that stem from Cambodia's National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP).
ADB: GMS e-Newsletter - Vol.10 Issue 1
This latest GMS e-Newsletter features updates from the GMS Economic Cooperation Program for the period October 2015 to April 2016.
3rd NESAP Inter-Ministerial Task Force Meeting
At this meeting, the Inter-Ministerial Task Force will review and comment on key draft chapters of Cambodia's National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP).
ADB 49th Annual Meeting
ASEAN-ADB Cooperation Toward the ASEAN Community
For the past 5 decades, ASEAN and ADB have both supported poverty reduction, sustainable development, and regional cooperation and integration in Southeast Asia. This ADB publication provides an overvi...
ADB Video: ADB Assistance Works: Just Ask Thai Businessman Sanguan Sonklinsakul
More than 68 million tons of cargo crossed Asian borders between 2011 and 2014 thanks to better regional connectivity. Sanguan Sonklinsakul of Thailand’s Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce says trade with neighboring countries has increased markedly due to the many news roads in the Greater Mekong Subregio...
ADB Video: Rehabilitation Efforts Bring Key Nanjing River back to Life
In Nanjing, People's Republic of China, a $240-million project improved the water quality of the Qinhuai River, dredging the water way of sludge, constructing sewage pipelines and pumping stations, and transforming flood-prone villages into scenic wetlands.
Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2016
9th Meeting of Asia Solar Energy Forum (9th ASEF)
The Eleventh GMS Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation
The Eleventh Roundtable saw partners continue reviewing and drafting regional guidelines on watershed-level climate vulnerability and adaptation assessment (VAA). The guidelines will synthesize the shared knowledge and experience of the Roundtable partners in developing frameworks for, and implementing, VAAs in the Greater Mekong Subregion over the past decade, including project experience using watersheds as an organizing principle for VAA.
Second Meeting of the NESAP Inter-Ministerial Task Force
The objective of the second meeting of the National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan Inter-ministerial Task Force was to present, discuss and obtain comments on draft Chapter One of the NESAP (Brief Introduction) and Chapter Two (State of Environment).
Workshop on Promoting Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Cambodia
This workshop brought together more than fifty international experts and government staff to review current PES initiatives in Cambodia and identify implementation lessons and experience as well as enabling policy conditions.
The 3rd International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management (3RINCs)
National Pollution Control Strategy Inception Workshop – Lao PDR
This workshop brought together environment officials in Lao PDR to initiate work to develop a National Pollution Control Strategy (2016-2025).
Sixth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia Conference and Exhibition
Environmental Taxation on Waste, Air, and Water Pollution Workshop
At this two day meeting, Lao PDR environment officials revieweed a draft Presidential Provision on Environmental Taxation prepared by the Department of Environmental Quality.
National Pollution Control Strategy – Lao PDR (2015-2018)
As Lao PDR continues its impressive development trajectory, the need to strategically and systematically prevent and mitigate pollution becomes increasingly urgent. Trends such as population growth and urbanization, increased consumerism, agricultural intensification, and industrial expansion are among many drivers of pollution in the country.
Annual Environment Conference
Asia-Pacific Forestry Week
Second ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016
The 2nd Inclusive Business Forum Asia
Myanmar Supply Chain Summit
The Tenth Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Partners at the 10th Roundtable reviewed their recently drafted guidelines for watershed/landscape-scale vulnerability and adaptation assessments. They also discussed how the guidelines could be effectively disseminated, including the potential of developing training modules.
Strengthening Paperless Trade Facilitation in the Agriculture Sector
Waste Management Asia
Biomass and BioEnergy Asia
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
Asian Irrigation Forum 2
Launch ceremony: EIA procedure and environmental quality guidelines
More than 200 government and non-government participants attended this Myanmar event which saw the launch of a new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedure and National Environmental Quality (Emissions...
Myanmar Electric Power Convention 2016
Southeast Asia and the Economics of Global Climate Stabilization
This ADB study focuses on ﬁve countries of Southeast Asia that collectively account for 90% of regional GHG emissions inrecent years—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. ...
Achieving Environmental Sustainability in Myanmar
Myanmar is at a critical crossroads. With many environmental assets, and industrial pressure only beginning to develop, it could effectively form policies and regulations that ensure sustainable growth and conservation of key natural resources.
GMS Transport and Trade Facilitation Action Program Newsletter – Jan-Oct 2015
The Transport and Trade Facilitation Action Program for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) provides advisory support and capacity building tofacilitate cross-border transport and trade in the GMS. Please download the newsletter below for updates about the program’s latest events, news, and knowledge products.
Status Report on Myanmar’s Designated Ecotourism Sites
This report was produced as a key input into the Government of Myanmar’s Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy (2015-2025). It overviews the status of tourism and conservation issues in 22 pr...
NESAP 1st Task Force Meeting
A newly established Inter-Ministerial Task Force to guide the formulation process for Cambodia’s National Environment Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP) met for the first time on 15 December in Phnom Penh.
Comprising representatives from 16 government ministries, the task force discussed their roles and responsibil...
GMS Workshop on Landscape Approaches
This 2-day workshop brought together government and international organization representatives to share experiences, information, tools, and discuss collaborative opportunities to improve the sustainable management of important landscapes in the GMS.
Workshop on Mekong River Food-Energy-Water
Workshop on Improved Planning and Investments through SEA
Funded by CEP and co-organized with the Lao PDR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), this workshop was designed to:
Training workshop on Community Development Fund in Cao Bang
The XIV World Forestry Congress
GMS Forest and Biodiversity Regional Support Project (2014-2016)
With support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the GMS Core Environment Program is strengthening regional collaboration to manage key transboundary biodiversity landscapes in the GMS.
Workshop on GMS Forest and Biodiversity Program Regional Support Project
Ecosystem valuation training in the GMS
A major challenge in promoting investments in natural capital is to produce solid evidence on the economic value of ecosystem services and ensure this evidence informs development planning and investment decisions.
Sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16)
Strategic Environmental Assessment Training
More than 40 national planners and policy makers were trained on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the context of socioeconomic development planning, during a two day workshop in late November.
The two-day program had three objectives:
- Demonstrate the importance of applying SEA to improve the mainstreaming of environmental concerns into socioeconomic plannin...
The Second World Forum on Natural Capital
GMS CEP Capacity Building Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood
Workshop-GMS Forest and Biodiversity Program Regional Support Project
Workshop-GMS Forest and Biodiversity Program Regional Support Project
Government and development partners met in Kunming to discuss current work and future priorities to strengthen transboundary collaboration for the Mekong Headwaters transboundary landscape under the CEP-led GMS Forest and Biodiversity Regional Support Project.
14th Meeting of Working Group on HRD (WGHRD-14)
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia: Effective Development Cooperation and Financing for the 2030 Agenda
Meeting on Environment taxation and Pollution Control Strategy
The 19th Meeting of the Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC-19)
Workshop on the Institutional Future of CEP
The GMS Working Group on Environment, ADB, and co-financing partners have been exploring potential future institutional arrangements, funding mechanisms, and thematic focuses the Core Environment Program and GMS Environment Operations Center.
10th Semi-Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Environment
Hosted by Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the 10th Semi-Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE) brought together WGE members with representatives from the Asian Development Bank and development partners to review implementation progress of the Core Environment Program and to discuss key priorities.
Investing in Natural Capital for a Sustainable Future in the Greater Mekong Subregion
This report aims to demonstrate the compelling need to increase investments in natural capital in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and identifies actions now being taken regionally and nationally to ...
The Ninth Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the GMS
During the Ninth Roundtable meeting, partners reviewed draft chapters of the watershed and landscape-scale vulnerability and adaptation assessment guidelines, which will become a joint knowledge product produced by the partners.
National Environmental Strategy and Action Plan - Inception Workshop
The aims of the National Environment Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP) Inception Workshop are to inform, and generate collaboration, participation and consensus among stakeholders in the formulation process of the NESAP.
Conference on Eco-compensation for an Ecological Civilization
ADB Video: From Upstream to Downstream, Thailand Responds to Climate Change
A new approach to integrated water resource management based on community participation is tapping into local knowledge to protect Thailand's territory from the increasingly severe flooding driven by climate change.
The 2015 Water, Land and Ecosystems Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy
Cambodia National Environment Strategy and Action Plan (2015-2018)
In late 2017, with lead support from the GMS Core Environment Program, Cambodia launched its new roadmap for sustainable development, the National Environment Strategy and Action Plan (NESAP).
The global water conference
Training of Trainers on Land Use Change Modeling in Myanmar
GMS e-Updates- March to September 2015
This GMS E-updates provides information about key activities and major developments in the GMS as the six countries sharing the Mekong River strive to accelerate the region's development.
Training of Trainers on Land Use Change Modeling in Guangxi
Mid term project workshop on green freight
Training of Trainers on Land Use Change Modeling in Yunnan
ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Forum 2015
Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan - First Progress Report
This ADB report provides the status of the overall Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan as of 30 June 2015, for all sectors, both investment and technical assistance projects.
Evaluation Learning Event: Think Sustainable, Act Responsible
Training of Trainers on Land Use Change Modeling in Lao PDR
Economic Analysis of Climate-Proofing Investment Projects
This ADB report describes the conduct of the cost-benefit analysis of climate proofing investment projects. An important message is that the presence of uncertainty about climate change does not invali...
Experience Mekong Tourism Marketing Strategy & Action Plan 2015-2020
This GMS Tourism Marketing Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020 deliberately aligns with GMS member countries’ sharedobjectives to develop thematic multicountry tour programs and promotesecondary d...
Workshop on A future for global adaptation tracking
The 20th GMS Ministerial Conference
Greater Mekong Subregion Urban Development Strategic Framework 2015–2022
This ADB report features Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Urban Development Strategic Framework, 2015–2022. It sets out a broad framework to encourage and facilitate a coordinated approach to the d...
14th World Forestry Congress
World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation
4th Meeting of the GMS Urban Development Task Force
Training of trainers on land use change modeling in Cambodia
Training of Trainers on Land Use Change Modeling in Thailand
The Eighth Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the GMS
Building on the seventh roundtable held in June, partners at this eighth roundtable discussed analytical tools for assessing basin-scale climate change vulnerability and looked at the processes involved and lessons learnt from application in the GMS.
Dissemination and Training Workshop on Pollution Modeling
During 2014, CEP worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Pollution Control Department to estimate provincial industrial emissions by applying the Industrial Pollution Projection System (IPPS).
Training of Trainers on Land Use Change Modeling
Under CEP’s ‘Building Capacity for Land Use Change Modeling activity,’ a training of trainers program on land use change modeling will be delivered in each of the six GMS countries during August–October.
19th GMS Subregional Transport Forum (STF-19)
Safeguard Implementation: How Can We Make It More Meaningful?
This publication presents the (i) safeguard systems of Bhutan, India and Nepal; (ii) differences in nationalsafeguard laws and institutional processes with the Asian Development Bank’s safeguards...
Regional Workshop on Biodiversity Conservation
Regional Knowledge Sharing Workshop for CEP
ASEAN Power Shift 2015
Renewable Energy Developments and Potential for the Greater Mekong Subregion
This ADB report was produced under the technical assistance project Promoting Renewable Energy, CleanFuels, and Energy Efficiency in the Greater Mekong Subregion (TA 7679). It focused on renewable ener...
The Eco Forum Global Annual Conference Guiyang 2015
The World Leaders' Conservation Forum
Our Common Future Under Climate Change
The World Summit Climate and Territories, a Milestone Leading Up to COP 21
Working Group on Agriculture: 12th Annual Meeting
Hosted by Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the 12th Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) brought together WGA members with representatives from the Asian Development Bank and development partners to review implementation progress of the Core Agricultural Support Program, Phase II (CASP II) and to discuss key ...
Core Environment Program Technical Workshop
Building on discussions held during the GMS Working Group on Environment 21st Annual Meeting, this workshop aims to map out the future of the Core Environment Program and Environment Operations Center.
Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains in the Greater Mekong Subregion
This knowledge event, jointly held by the GMS Working Groups on Environment and Agriculture, explored means to develop more inclusive and sustainable agricultural value chains in the GMS.
Working Group on Environment: 21st Annual Meeting
Hosted by Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the 21st Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Environment (WGE) brought together WGE members with representatives from the Asian Development Bank and development partners to review implementation progress of the Core Environment Program implementation and to discuss key priorities.
The Seventh Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change in the GMS
At this seventh roundtable, partners continued deliberations initiated at the sixth roundtable in April. These included joint visioning to specify the long-term goals of the roundtable and identifying collaborative activities arising from the Watershed Adaptation to Climate Change (WACC) Project.
Conference on Regional Integration of Services in ASEAN Countries: Progress and Challenges
Vienna Energy Forum 2015
Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change
35th Meeting of Tourism Working Group (TWG-35) and 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum
Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015
Seventh GMS Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-7)
The 14th China Internationla Environment Protection Exhibition and Conference
The 2015 World Environment Day
Bonn Climate Change Conference
China-ASEAN Workshop on Water Pollution Prevention and Treatment
Deqin Biodiversity Conservation Pilot Site, Yunnan, PR China (2007 onwards)
Nestled in the central Hengduan Mountains of Yunnan Province and bordering Sichuan and the Tibet Autonomous Region, Deqin County is the northernmost part of the Mekong Headwaters landscape.
Inception Workshop on Multisector Planning in Viet Nam
Addressing the many development and environmental challenges in the GMS will require finding ways for sectors to plan and work together more closely. Multisector planning approaches contribute greatly to strategic planning processes by bringing sectors together to discuss and understand core development challenges and to identify pathways to overcome these challenges. In doing so, they promote economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Multistakeholder dialogues and scenario-based modelling tools are essential to develop a shared understanding of core challenges, drivers of change, and alternative development pathways.
Multisector Planning Scoping Mission – Viet Nam
Myanmar’s Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy (2015-2025)
This policy and management strategy was launched by the Government of Myanmar in May 2015 provides guidance on how the country can development ecotourism in protected areas to maximize social and econo...
The first Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific
The 2015 World Hydropower Congress
International Conference on Ecotourism in Protected Areas: Strengthening Livelihoods, Conservation, and Adaptation
2nd Annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum
GMS Workshop on Implementing Sustainable Development Goals: Bringing Natural Capital into Center Stage
With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring, 2015 is a crucial year to further progress the global framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched at Rio +20 in 2012.
Regional Workshop on Impact Assessment and the ASEAN Economic Community: A Way Forward for Regional Collaboration
Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Yunnan Province: TA 46089
Biodiversity conservation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is conducted under the framework of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), 2011–2030. The PRC has initiated ambitious conservation targets under its NBSAP and requires all provinces to prepare provincial-level BSAPs.
China (Guangxi) – Viet Nam (Cao Bang) Transboundary Conservation Collaboration Meeting and MOU Signing Ceremony
Value Chain Consultation Workshop in Laos PDR
ADB Annual Meeting 2015
The Sixth Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the GMS
The CEP-supported Roundtable meetings have become a platform for development organizations with active adaptation programs in the GMS to share knowledge, brainstorm approaches, and engage in an ongoing dialogue.
Green Silk Road Development and Sustainable Investment: Policy Streams on Investment on Natural Capital and Regional Practices
Care Climate Change, Save the Snow Mountain
Strategic Environmental Assessment in the Greater Mekong Subregion
This brief promotes the value of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) to assist GMS decision makers to more effectively balance economic, social, and environmental considerations early in developme...
Green Freight in the Greater Mekong Subregion
This brief summarizes lessons learned from green freight feasibility analyses conducted under the GMS Core Environment Program between 2010 and 2014. It presents five key messages that policymakers and...
Ecosystem Based Approaches to Address Climate Change Challenges in the Greater Mekong Subregion
The brief summarizes the current state of GMS knowledge and experience on ecosystem-based approaches. It draws upon work of the GMS Core Environment Program and partner institutions, including findings...
Technical Training on biodiversity profiling and assessment methodology
7th World Water Forum
Myanmar Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy
Myanmar Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy intends to use ecotourism as a driving force to strengthen the management of Myanmar’s expanding protected areanetwork. It aims to engage all sta...
ADB Video: Regional Cooperation and Environmental Sustainability
Much economic growth in Asia and the Pacific has been fueled by unsustainable use of natural resources. While this has led to increased prosperity, it has also created immense pressure on natural capital. This video shines a light on regional cooperation programs that ADB has sponsored or lent weight to such as the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program and the Heart of Borneo and Coral Triangle initiatives.
Value Chain Consultation Workshop and Field Visit
Field survey to CEP pilot sites in Eastern Forest Complex
International Day of Forests
Environmental Performance Assessment Consultation and Training Workshop
2nd Draft Environmental Quality Guidelines Consultation Workshop
Following the first consultation workshop in early January, the 2nd stakeholder consultation workshop to revise Myanmar’s draft Environmental Quality (Emission) Guidelines was held in Yangon.
Orientation workshop with Department of National Park on the implementation of CEP Component 2
Inception Workshop for Climate Change Adaptation Planning
WGE / NSU Regional Meeting for CEP Mid-Term Review and 2014 Annual Report
Green Freight Initiative Thailand Launch
GMS e-Updates-September 2014 to February 2015
This ADB e-news product captures the highlights of a number of key events in the GMS Program related to environment, transport, power, and labor.
Asian Leadership: Sustainable Development and Climate Change
The first Transboundary Protected areas workshop
Consultation on Forest Investment Program (FIP)
Green Freight Initiative Inception Workshop - Lao PDR
Space Technology and Geographic Information Systems Applications in ADB Projects
Space technology and geographic information systems (GIS) have now become valuable tools in helpingdevelopment organizations achieve their missions. They can be applied to various development sectorsincluding agriculture, rural development, and food security; education; energy; environment; climatechange; health; pubic management and governance (especially disaster risk management); transport; urbandevelopment; and water management.
Green Freight Initiative Inception Workshop - Viet Nam
Fourth Green Economy Green Growth, GEGG Forum
Green Freight Initiative Coordination Meeting - Thailand
CEP and Myanmar signing LOA
This formal gathering of ministers aimed to build a shared understanding among government and non-government environment leaders on key natural capital issues and solutions. During the meeting, the GMS Natural Capital Partnership considered and the closed door session provided a platform for Ministers to give directions and discuss approaches for addressing environment issues faced by the GMS. The 3-days of events concluded with the release of the Joint Ministerial Statement, which is expected to provide political support and direction for increasing investments in natural capital, driven by the WGE, and with continuing support from the Core Environment Program.
Thailand Green Freight-Steering Committee Meeting
Natural Capital Dialogue
Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the Greater Mekong Subregion
The Natural Capital Dialogue brought together senior GMS government officials, international experts and a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the significance of natural capital in the context of inclusive and sustainable development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Occurring ahead of the 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM4), the Natural Capital Dialogue presented an important opportunity to draw public and business sector attention to the need to increase investments in the Subregion’s natural capital.
Thailand Green Freight - Steering Committee Meeting
Youth Environment Meeting
Theme: Investing in Natural Capital is Investing in Youth
As emphasized in the Future We Want outcome document from Rio+20, youth are “custodians of the future” and have an essential role in helping achieve sustainable development. If engaged and empowered, GMS youth have the potential to drive the changes needed to ensure a sustainable future for their own and future generations.
Fourth Greater Mekong Subregion Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM4)
Every three years, environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries gather to take stock of environment challenges and opportunities, and set the direction for regional responses under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program.
Biodiversity Landscapes Forum
Theme: Designing mechanisms and building partnerships for the strategic planning and management of transboundary and other biodiversity landscapes
Biodiversity landscapes constitute a large proportion of the natural capital remaining in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). They are a rich repository of globally important biodiversity, including many endemic and endangered species, and provide vital ecosystem services. This wealth of natural capital underpins the subregion’s security in terms of energy, food, and water. Seven of these landscapes cut across international borders. These transboundary biodiversity landscapes (TBLs), which are the focus of the GMS Core Environment Program, lie in juxtaposition to the GMS economic corridors, providing both challenges and opportunities for their effective management and conservation.
Natural Capital Business Forum
Theme: Investing in Natural Capital: Public Private Cooperation for Future Prosperity in the Greater Mekong Subregion
The Fourth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting emphasized the need to strengthen collaboration between governments, development partners, business sector, and civil society in order to find ways to maintain and enhance the region’s natural capital stocks. A key step was the need to strengthen collaboration and coordination between businesses, government, and/or civil society in ways that are demonstrably good for business, local livelihoods and for the protection and enhancement of the subregion’s natural capital. In this context the Natural Capital Business Forum engaged the businesses in their capacity as a beneficiary of public sector investments as well as the investors in economic activities associated with natural capital.
4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting
27–29 January 2015, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Every three years environment leaders from the six Greater Mekong Subregion countries gather to assess the subregion’s environment challenges and opportunities, and set the direction for regional responses. The 4th GMS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM4) will bring together over 200 leading policy and decision makers from government and non-government over 3-days under the theme “Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the GMS.” Further information, including agendas and speaker bios: www.gms-eoc.org
Draft Environmental Quality Guidelines Consultation Workshop
In continuation of CEP support to strengthen Myanmar’s environmental safeguards system, a stakeholder consultation workshop was held in Yangon to seek feedback on the country's Draft Environmental Quality (Emission) Guidelines. The guidelines will support the country's emerging environmental impact assessment (EIA) system by specifying the environmental thresholds that must projects should not exceed.The guidelines will be finalized based on feedback from the workshop and are expected to come into effect during the next few months. The guidelines will be used as interim measure while the country develops National Environmental Quality Standards during the next few years.
Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan (2014-2018)
This ADB report features the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan, 2014-2018 (RIF-IP). It identifies a robust pipeline of 92 high priority projects from among the ...
Second GMS Youth Forum
5th Greater Mekong Subregion Summit
The Fifth Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the GMS
Looking forward to the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM4) and identifying roundtable collaboration priorities in 2015
Transport Day 2014
Global Landscapes Forum
1st Specialist Conference on Municipal Water Management and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Lima Climate Change Conference (COP20)
Australia, China and the Great Outdoors 2014 Forum
The Australia, China and the Great Outdoors 2014 Forum on ‘Culture, Nature and Sustainability’ will be held in Baoshan in Yunnan, PRC.
Value Chain Consultation Workshop
CEP workshop for the SEA of revised Viet Nam PDP7
PRC and Laos Transboundary Conservation Collaboration Meeting
The Impact and Financing of Infrastructure Investments in the Asia and Pacific Region
National Forum for Children and Youth on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Climate change and climate related disasters represent a threat to vulnerable children and their communities, especially among ethnic minority groups in Northern Thailand. To make the children’s lives safer and their communities more resilient to climate change and related disasters, Plan International Thailand works in partnership with children, their communities and the government to create locally appropriate climate smart solutions to protect children, their communities, and fulfill their human rights. Key activities include empowering children to take part in pilot projects on safe schools, raising awareness of children as agents of change, and capitalizing on children’s creative ideas for disaster preparedness.
Green Climate Fund High - Level Pledging Conference
Better Air Quality Conference 2014 & Intergovernmental 8th Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia
The Core Environment Program (CEP) ensured green freight issues were high on the agenda at the BAQ-EST conference, which brought together more than 1000 participants under the theme ‘Next Generation Solutions for Clean Air and Sustainable Transport.
34th Meeting of Tourism Working Group (TWG-34)
9th Semi-Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Environment
Hosted by Myanmar’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, the 9th Semi-Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Environment (WGE SAM-9) brought together WGE members, ADB representatives and development partners to review the Core Environment Program’s 2014 progress and discuss upcoming priorities.
IUCN World Parks Congress
Workshop on Strengthening Partnerships for Natural Capital in the GMS
This CEP technical workshop on strengthening partnerships to increase natural capital investments in the GMS brought together government and development partners to jointly discuss the merits and potential shape of a GMS Natural Capital Partnership.
3rd Task Force Meeting for the preparation of the 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting/CEP Technical Working Session
Climate Risk Management in ADB Projects
This ADB report features how ADB applies climate risk management approach to investment projects in Asia and the Pacific, which aims to reduce risks resulting from climate change.
Final review mission on PRC of Yunnan Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
The final review meeting on PRC of Yunnan Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (YBSAP) was held in Kunming, Yunnan, PRC, from 6-8 November.
Yunnan Biodiversity Strategy and Work Planning Workshop
Payments for Forest Environmental Services in Viet Nam (2014–2017)
In recent years, there has been increased global recognition about the important socioeconomic contribution of ecosystem services for rural livelihoods and broader society. This has helped drive countries to make greater efforts to more sustainably manage their natural capital – forest, land, and water resources and related ecosystem services.
GMS Strategic Environmental Assessment Knowledge Sharing Forum
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is increasingly used by GMS countries to assess the environmental and social consequences of policies, plans and programs to achieve more sustainable development outcomes.
First Regional Workshop: SIEP Ridge-to-Reef Climate Preparedness Case Study
The National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) will undertake a case study on assessing climate change vulnerability and adaptation options in a ridge-to-reef setting that can serve to strengthen national and regional knowledge on appropriate assessment methodologies. The proposed site of the case study is the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park (SIEP) and its environs in Petchaburi Province. A partnership arrangement has been established between the NRCT and the United States Forest Service (USFS) to undertake part of this work.
13th Meeting of Working Group on Human Resource Development
Yunnan Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan Training
More than 120 representatives from environmental protection authorities in Yunnan were trained on how to implement Yunnan Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (YBSAP). The training was organized by Yunnan Environmental Protection Department (YEPD) with support from ADB.
The fourth Global Green Growth Forum
NTFP Consultation Workshop
Rural communities throughout the world are seizing new opportunities to build livelihoods based on emerging niche markets that rely on and contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources. These include small, but growing markets for ecotourism and also non-timber forest products (NTFPs) including herbs, honey, and mushrooms, bamboo, rattan, medicines, and cosmetics.
Regional Workshop on the Conduct of EPA in the GMS and ASEAN Region
Climate Integrated Management of Transboundary Landscapes (2015–2016)
Transboundary biodiversity landscapes in the GMS are rich in natural capital, but are increasingly under threat from development and climate change pressures, leading to environmental degradation and more vulnerable local communities.
ADB-GMS Business Forum Workshop On Credit Guarantee System for SMEs to Promote Green Technology and Climate Friendly Agriculture
4th Meeting of the Task Force for the 5th GMS Summit/ Senior Officials’ Meeting
The Fourth Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the GMS
Collaboration with Roundtable Partners on the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM4) and the Regional Investment Framework (RIF)
At this fourth roundtable, partners discussed opportunities to raise the profile of climate change issues among environment leaders in the GMS and to ensure that environmental considerations are better integrated into the GMS Regional Investment Framework’s (RIF) $50 billion project pipeline.
Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development
GMS environment stakeholders met in Bangkok this week to discuss the impacts of climate change on protected areas and look at best-practice responses to safeguard biodiversity and local livelihoods.
Inception Workshop: Building Capacity for Land Use Change Modeling
This workshop launched a new CEP activity aiming to strengthen land-use modeling capacity in the GMS, targeting government planners and academic institutions.
Second Regional Workshop on Strengthening Country Safeguard Systems - Towards Common Approaches for Better Results
Inception workshop for activity ‘Forest cover and land use mapping’
The Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12)
XXIV IUFRO World Congress
The 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
CEP Self-Evaluation & 2015 Workplanning Workshop
Representatives from the Working Group on Environment, CEP National Support Units, andthe GMS Environment Operations Center came together to assess CEP implementation progress during the CEP Self-Evaluation Workshop, which built on an earlier results-based management event held in January 2014.
Business For Environment B4E Climate Summit 2014
Corridor Assessment and Transboundary Cooperation Workshop: China and Vietnam
The Climate Summit
Payments for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) in Viet Nam: Findings from Three Years of Implementation
This brief summarizes major achievements, challenges, and key recommendations from a review of Viet Nam’s payments for forest environmental services (PFES) program. Led by the Center for International Forestry Research and Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with support from the GMS Core Environment Progra...
Multilateral Development Banks Deliver $24 Billion in Climate Change Financing in 2013
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Six leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided almost $24 billion worldwide in financing in 2013 for projects in developing and emerging economies that address the challenges of climate change, according to the third annual joint MDB report on climate finance. The report, released today, demonstrates the shared engagement expressed by the six MDBs last week to r...
Workshop to Review Viet Nam's Payments for Forest Environmental Services Program
Since 2011, Viet Nam’s payments for forest environmental services (PFES) program has generated $140 million for rural households to protect around 4 million hectares (40%) of the country’s forests.
GMS e-Updates - Jan-Aug 2014
This ADB e-news product provides readers with an update on activities and major developments in pursuit of accelerated development of the countries sharing the Mekong River.
China-ASEAN Environment Forum
ADB Transport Forum 2014
ADB: Multilateral Development Banks Agree to Reinforce Climate Financing in Advance of UN Summit
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The world’s six multilateral development banks today reaffirmed their shared commitment to lead by example by continuing to reinforce and further develop climate financing through a joint statement issued in advance of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit being convened in New York on 23 ...
3rd Meeting of the GMS Urban Development Task Force
Scaling Up Payments for Forest Environmental Services in Viet Nam: Lessons and Insights from Quang Nam
This publication features ADB's support to the provincial authorities of Quang Nam in Viet Nam to scale up the implementation of payments for forest environmental services through a technical assistance financed by the Governments of Sweden and Norway. The project pilot-tested two innovations—the group approach and the use of a geographic information system—to speed up payments for forest environmental services planning and implementation in the province. Starting with five villages in Ma Cooih commune, the initiative expanded to include two more communes in the Song Bung 4 watershed.
Science Workshop: Ecological Function Zonning
Regional Energy Trade Workshop
XIV World Forestry Congress
Integrated Energy Planning (2015–2016)
Growing demand for energy goes hand-in-hand with rapid economic development. Since 2005, GDP per capita in the GMS has increased 260% while electricity consumption has nearly doubled. As their economies continue to rapidly grow, all six countries need to utilize additional energy resources to meet increasing domestic demand. In addition, Lao PDR and Myanmar view energy exports as a major economic opportunity.
SEA Support for Socioeconomic Development Planning (2015–2016)
Under Viet Nam’s 2011 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) decree, development plans of five years duration or more, including socioeconomic development plans (SEDP), are required to undergo an SEA. However, implementation of the decree is still relatively weak, with technical SEA capacity one of the major constraints.
Land Cover and Land Use Mapping Regional Workshop
EOC representatives were among eighty participants from nine countries that gathered in Jakarta to exchange best practices in land cover and land use assessments, and discuss strategies for building national land cover datasets.
CEP Viet Nam Review and Planning Workshop
CEP progress in Viet Nam during 2014 and plans for 2015 were the topic of a workshop in Hanoi held on Tuesday 19 August. Around forty participants attended, including government agriculture, environment, energy and planning officials, and international development partners from FAO, GIZ, JICA and Winrock.
Green Freight Posters
This series of posters show how inefficient freight truck fleets in the GMS are impacting the environment, why greener trucks will benefit both businesses and environment, and how this will be achieved...
Working Group on Agriculture Semi-annual meeting
WaterLinks Forum 2014
Green Freight and Logistics in Asia: Delivering the Goods, Protecting the Environment
This ADB publication features the outcomes of a workshop on Green Freight and Logistics in Asia, co-organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für InternationaleZusamm...
Multisector Planning for Sustainable Development (2015–2016)
Development planning in the GMS is often fragmented, with ministries and sectors lacking the capacity, tools, or incentives to work together to meet sustainable development goals. When competing for the same natural resources, implementing one sector plan is often to the detriment of another. As a result, resource allocation can become inefficient, costly, and ultimately unsustainable.
This poster features the vision of the Core Environment Program in GMS.
Forest Protection Boosts Income for Viet Nam Farmers
This ADB video features coffee farmers in Viet Nam's Central Highlands joining in efforts to conserve forestland and biodiversity.
Sixth GMS Economic Corridors Forum
2nd Task Force Meeting for the preparation of the 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting
The Third Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change Adaptation in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Bridging the Divide: Linking Science-based Adaptation Approaches and Climate Change Policy-making in the GMS
This third in a series of roundtable discussions bought together climate change experts and government officials to discuss how climate change adaptation science can better inform policy making in the GMS.
Interprovincial training workshop on ecosystem based approaches and legal frameworks for biodiversity conservation
18th GMS Subregional Transport Forum
Workshop on Synergy of Activities between Core Environment Program (CEP) and the Biodiversity Conservation Corridor Project (BCC) in Cambodia
Animation video on the Core Environment Program in Lao
This animation describes the work of CEP in securing natural capital in the GMS.
Animation video on the Core Environment Program in Vietnamese
This animation describes the work of CEP in securing natural capital in the GMS.
Building Effective Agreements in Climate Negotiations toward Sustainable Growth
Animation video on the Core Environment Program in Chinese
This animation describes the work of CEP in securing natural capital in the GMS.
Animation video on the Core Environment Program in Burmese
This animation describes the work of CEP in securing natural capital in the GMS.
Carbon Stock Assessment Using Remote Sensing and Forest Inventory Data in Savannakhet, Lao PDR
This paper presents the results of CEP-funded research conducted during 2011 and 2012 to assess increases in carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and emissions in Savannakhet Province in Lao PD...
Animation video on the Core Environment Program in Thai
This animation describes the work of CEP in securing natural capital in the GMS.
News Release: Japan, ADB Announce Fund to Promote Low-Carbon Technologies in Asia
ADB and GIZ Joint Green Freight and Logistics Training Workshop
ADB Environmental Issues, Climate Changes, and Energy Security in Developing Asia
This paper examines four environmental dimensions of energy security—climate change, air pollution, water availability and quality, and land-use change—and the environmental impact of ...
The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
During the side event “Private Sector Engagement in Disaster Risk Management,” Ornsaran Pomme Manuamorn, EOC Climate Change Coordinator, presented on the role of risk financing in strengthening the climate change resilience of GMS rural communities living in transboundary biodiversity landscapes.
SEA Support for River Basin Planning in Viet Nam(2012–2015)
While strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is a statutory requirement for most major strategic planning exercises in Viet Nam, there has been little guidance on how to apply SEA to river basin planning.
Validation workshop on Metrics for Green Growth: Measuring the State of Human Well-Being and Natural Capital in Cambodia
SEA Support for Socioeconomic Development Planning in Lao PDR (2014–2016)
Lao PDR is developing a decree and guidelines for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in an effort to mainstream SEA in the country's development planning processes.
The ninth Asia Clean Energy Forum
Ecotourism Support to Myanmar (2014-2015)
Tourism in Myanmar has boomed in recent years, with the industry generating nearly $1.8 billion in revenue in 2014 as international tourist arrivals hit the 3 million mark for the first time, nearly triple the number of arrivals in 2012.
New species discoveries in the Greater Mekong
ADB 2013 Clean Energy Investments Project Summaries
This report summarizes the investments in clean energy made by the operations departments of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2013, condensing information from project databases and formal repo...
Myanmar Environment Portal (2014-2015)
Readily available environmental information and data is an essential prerequisite for government planners to make effective development decisions and realize sustainable development goals.
Capacity support for pollution modeling (2013-2016)
The industrial sectors of Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar are rapidly growing and are helping drive economic development. For example, in Lao PDR, industry has doubled its proportion of national Gross Domestic Product during the past decade (12% to 25%). While the expansion of pulp industries including paper mills, cement factories, food processing and garment manufacturing, are providing new jobs and economic benefits, there are increasing concerns over industrial pollution, particularly on water and land quality.
Mekong Tourism Forum
At the “Tourism and the Future of GMS Heritage” themed 2014 Mekong Tourism Forum, the Asian Development Bank’s Sanath Ranawana presented on the need to invest in natural heritage.
33rd Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-33)
World Environment Day
Climate Change and Rural Communities in the Greater Mekong Subregion: A Framework for Assessing Vulnerability and Adaptation Options
This report presents the methodology and lessons from a climate change adaptation study conducted by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Core Environment Program. The study yielded a framework and metho...
Policy Dialogue on Mainstreaming Natural Capital
On 29–30 May, representatives from more than 13 countries, including from the GMS, met in Ha Noi, Viet Nam to exchange experiences and innovative ideas on how to integrate natural capital into development decisions.
International Conference On “Ecosystems, Economy and Society: how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development”
ADB and Climate Investment Funds: Innovation and Action on Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific
This document presents ADB’s experience in the development of CIF programs and highlights some of the innovative transformations anticipated or already achieved by ADB projects using CIF funding. <...
Investing in Landscapes – Panel at Forests Asia Summit 2014
ADB’s Sanath Ranawana (and CEP project officer) was a panelist at the Forests Asia Summit on May 6 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. During the ‘Investing in Landscapes for Green Returns’ panel, he discussed the role of public financing to support environmentally friendly private sector investments in Asia’s landscapes (3:35–13:25).
SEA Workshop for Revised National Power Development Plan
With support from the Core Environment Program, the Government of Viet Nam hosted a consultation workshop to introduce and gather feedback on a proposed strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the country’s revised national power development plan (PDP VII).
ADB: The Environments of the Poor in Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Pacific
This book is first in a series of a three-volume publication on the environments of the poor, and contains selected papers on Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific from a conference organized in 2...
2014 Interaction between Environmental Sustainability and a Human Rights-Based Approach
Regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency
Third International Climate Change Adaption Conference
Regional Consultation on Transboundary Biodiversity Landscapes
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.
Forests Asia Conference Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in Southeast Asia
Policy Brief: Operationalizing Environmental Economic National Accounts
This brief draws on the findings and key discussions from the 'Workshop on Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in Asia,' which was held in Bangkok 8-10 October, 2013. The brief was compiled by t...
Myanmar online Environmental Information System Inception workshop
Animation video on the Core Environment Program in Khmer
This animation describes the work of CEP in securing natural capital in the GMS.
Training workshop: Transport, Energy Use and Climate Change in the GMS
This training is a five-day intensive program designed to enhance understanding of energy and transport practitioners on issues and challenges which arise from climate change. It is a collaborative learning program in partnership with GMS Phnom Penh Plan (PPP) for Development Management.
Assessing Impact in the Greater Mekong Subregion: An Analysis of Regional Cooperation Projects
This ADB report provides a recent major initiative to assess the initial impact of ADB-supported projects under the Greater Mekong Subregion Program. As part of this exercise, a range of represent...
GMS e-Updates - May-December 2013
This ADB e-news product features progress update on activities and major developments in pursuit of accelerated development of the countries sharing the Mekong River.
Developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for freight transport (2014 onwards)
The freight sector in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is emerging as a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, driven in part by regional economic cooperation and the associated development of economic corridors. In order to test interventions that could mitigate increases in emissions from freight transport, pilot projects are being implemented in Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam through the GMS Green Freight Initiative .
Second Mekong River Commission Summit and International Conference
International conference on Cooperation for Water, Energy, and Food Security in transboundary Basins in a changing climate
Animation video on the Core Environment Program
This animation describes the work of CEP in securing natural capital in the GMS.
WGE 20th Annual Meeting & Natural Capital Knowledge Event
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The GMS Working Groups on Agriculture and Environment (WGE, WGA) held a joint knowledge event and their respective annual meetings in Nay Pyi Taw on 25 and 26 March.
UNESCAP Regional Workshop on NAMAs in Asia and the Pacific
This workshop was organized within the context of a UN ESCAP project entitled “Pro-poor and sustainable solid waste management in secondary cities and small towns”. As part of this project, ESCAP ...
CEP Inception Workshop with GEPD project
CEP Inception workshop with FECO and YEPD projects
Orientation Workshop for CEP's Activities
Letter of Agreement Orientation and Workplan Development for Myanmar
CEP 2013 Annual Report Regional Workshop
Fifth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific
Asian Development Bank No Impact Week 2014
NSU Orientation and Work Plan Development Workshop
Workshop on Synergy of Activities between CEP and BCC Project
Climate risk financing scoping visits to BCC Site
Second Meeting of Tourism Sector Working Group
CEP Letter of Agreement Signing and Orientation Workshop
Environmental and Social Safeguards Awareness Seminar
ADB and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) co-hosted a 2-day seminar in Nay Pyi Daw on 10 and 11 February to raise awareness about environmental and social safeguards.
Cambodia National Environmental Performance Assessment Report-2010
This is Cambodia’s second Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) Report, covering 2006–2010 and following the first EPA report which covered 2003–2006. This report presents an ove...
Eighth Session of the Open Working Group of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Workshop on Climate and Water Security through Sustainable Waste Management,
The Second GMS Climate Change Roundtable Meeting
Key development partners and programs working in the GMS met to share information and discuss areas of collaboration on climate change initiatives in the region. The meeting, hosted by EOC, was used to...
The 2nd consultation workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures
ADB Economic Corridor Development for Inclusive Asian Regional Integration: Modeling Approach to Economic Corridors
This ADB publication looks at the experience of economic corridor development from across the world, including successful economic corridor developments in the European Union and South Asia Subregional Econom...
ADB Sustainability Report 2013: Investing in Asia and the Pacific’s Future
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sustainability Report has been issued every 2 years since 2007. The current Sustainability Report contains selected performance highlights of ADB’s operations and corporate footprint during 2011–2012.
CEP Country mission to Lao PDR: strategic planning, safeguards, and monitoring
High-level Forum on Management of Social Transformation of ASEAN countries
Towards Climate Change Resilience: Integrating Urban Biodiversity with CCA
This three-day conference held in Chiang Rai was organized by the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network to facilitate discussion and share lessons about climate change adaptation, resilience and urban biodiversity in Southeast Asia.
ADB: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environment Initial Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map for Myanmar
This sector assessment, strategy, and road map highlights the Government of Myanmar’s plans and strategies for addressing priority needs for the agriculture, natural resources, and environment se...
CEP Country Mission: Strategic Planning Support
Opening Statement at the 19th GMS Ministerial Conference
Opening statement by ADB Vice-President Stephen P. Groff at the 19th GMS Ministerial Conference on 11 December 2013 held at Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen:
It is with great pleasure that I join you at this 19th Ministerial Conference of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program. Please allow me to first thank our hosts, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to me and all participants, as well as for the excellent arrangements for our meeting. I would like to especially thank His Excellency Mr. Noulinh Sinbandhit, Lao PDR's GMS Minister, for welcoming us so graciously, and for chairing our meeting. It is my honor and pleasure to co-chair this meeting with him today.
19th Greater Mekong Subregion Ministerial Conference
Foreign Direct Investment, Industrial Clusters & Value Chains (Bangkok, Thailand)
Welcome Remarks at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment: Natural Capital and the Rule of Law
ADB SPEECH- 4 December 2013
Welcome remarks by ADB President Takehiko Nakao at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment:
Natural Capital and the Rule of Law held in Manila, Philippines on 2 December 2013
32nd Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group
Environmental Analysis of the GMS Regional Investment Framework (2012–2013)
From early 2012, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) begun preparing a Regional Investment Framework (RIF) to operationalize the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Strategic Framework 2012–2022.
Synergizing Activities between CEP and BCC in Viet Nam
A workshop to synergize landscape and livelihood activities between CEP and the Biodiversity Conservation Corridors project (BCC) in the provinces of Quang Nam, T.T. Hue and Quang Tri was held in Hue, Viet Nam. The workshop, which included provincial and central government representatives, aimed to raise awareness about the biodiversity conservation pilot projects conducted during CEP Phase I and to discuss how planned activities under CEP Phase II can align with ongoing BCC work.
The Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment
An Asian Judges Network on Environment was officially launched at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment to be held in Manila, 2 to 5 December.
Strategic Leadership of Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (Shanghai, PRC)
Planning Sustainable Investments in the Greater Mekong Subregion
This CEP brief summarizes the methodology and lessons learned from a Spatial Multicriteria Assessment (SMCA) recently applied to the GMS Regional Investment Framework. It concludes that SMCA is a valua...
Greater Mekong Subregion Statistics and Maps Brochure
This brochure introduces the GMS statistics and maps available on the GMS Core Environment Program website.
The 6th World Economic and Environmental Conference
Animation video on Payment for water ecosystem services
This animation produced by the James Hutton Institute explains why Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes are attracting increasing interest as policy mechanisms to improve conservation and achieve sustainable development outcomes. PES initiatives aim to reach mutually beneficial agreements between providers and users of ecosystem services, entailing a reward mechanism for ecosystem managers for maintaining or improving the provision of the services valued by beneficiaries.
The Global Forum on Natural Capital
The Global Forum on Natural Capital was organized to attract business and sustainability leaders around the globe to discuss the value of natural assets (clean air, clean water, forests) and progress with factoring ...
The 4th Joint Committee Meeting for the GMS Cross-Border Transport Agreement
The 4th Joint Committee Meeting for the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement was held in Yangon, Myanmar on 21-22 November 2013.
The Third Regional Forum for People and Forests
3rd Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy
The 3rd ASEAN Chief Justices Roundtable on the Environment
Chief justices from the region met last week to explore legal responses to pressing environment issues such as cross border threats from climate change, pollution, deforestation and the illegal trade in wildlife and timber.
Second Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion Urban Development Task Force
Warsaw Climate Change Conference
Energy Outlook for Asia and the Pacific
This ADB book provides an energy outlook for the region up to the year 2035 to help identify policy, social, infrastructure, and technology issues that must be addressed to meet future energy needs of ...
WGE 8th Semi-Annual Meeting and CEP Technical Working Session
The GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE) met on 30 October 2013 in Champasak, Lao PDR, to review CEP implementation progress and endorse the 2014 work-plan. Also discussed were the GMS Regional Investment Framework environment pipeline and preliminary concept and preparatory work for the 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting.
Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Human Resource Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2013–2017)
This ADB document outlines the Greater Mekong Subregion human resource development strategy.
PPP Alumni link event (Bangkok, Thailand )
Workshop on Ecosystem-based Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation
The Core Environment Program (CEP) supported Viet Nam’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to host the regional workshop: “Mainstreaming ecosystem-based approaches to climate change into biodiversity conservation planning in Viet Nam.”
ADB Environment Operational Directions 2013-2020
In the context of Strategy 2020 and in the follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), this ADB report provides a coherent overview of ADB environment operations and...
GMS Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth (PRC, Lao PDR, Thailand)
Asian Development Outlook 2013 Update: Governance and Public Service Delivery
The ADB annual Asian Development Outlook, generally launched in April, presents an analysis of developing Asia’s recent economic performance plus its prospects for the next 2 years. This Update s...
Myanmar Safeguards (2012 onwards)
Since late 2012, CEP has supported Myanmar’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) to establish a national environmental safeguards system.
Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia Region
The Core Environment Program supported the conference “Valuing and Accounting for the Environment in the Asia Region,” which looked at how environmental values can be incorporated into national accounting systems.
Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference
The 2013 Asia Low Emissions Development Strategies Forum
The Asia Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum aims to facilitate regional coordination; share tools, models, approaches, and best practices; and increase capacity and readiness of practitioners to lead and implement LEDS and green growth initiatives. Policymakers, donors, practitioners, and other experts involved in developing low-emission strategies in Asia will attend the annual event.
Regional Capacity Building Workshop on Measurement of Inland Transport CO2 Emissions and Mitigation Policies
This workshop brought together government representatives and development partners to share experiences on measuring greenhouse gases from the transport sector. Naeeda Crishna Morgado, Climate Change M...
GMS Senior Officials Meeting
A study tour of Bhutanese delegation on Strategic Environment Assessment with EOC
A delegation of 12 Officers of the National Environment Commission Secretariat from the Royal Government of Bhutan paid a study visit to the Environment Operations Center (EOC) to learn about Strategic Enviroment Assessment (SEA) application in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
Dialogue Report on New Opportunities for Natural Wealth Management
This report features the discussions, experience and lessons learnt from a regional dialogue on New Opportunities for Natural Wealth Management in June 17-20, 2013. This public private dialogue s...
CEP Country mission: strategic planning, safeguards, and monitoring
As part of a round of planning missions to GMS countries, CEP held a scoping mission to Viet Nam to consult with stakeholders on the program’s Phase II strategic planning, safeguards, and monitoring activities.
CSR Asia Summit 2013
Risk financing for climate resilience (2013-2015)
Rural households and communities in the GMS employ a wide range of strategies to minimize the impact of climatic shocks. These include crop and labor diversification, personal savings, investments in semi-liquid assets such as livestock, and informal risk pooling arrangements among peers.
GMS Climate Change Adaptation Roundtable
A number of development organizations in the GMS are working closely with the countries to help them more effectively integrate climate change considerations into development decisions.
GMS Green Freight Initiative (2013-2017)
The freight and logistics sector in the GMS plays a pivotal role in supporting the expansion of trade, and in turn, economic growth. A 2010 Core Environment Program study of the GMS East-West Economic Corridor – connecting Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam - found that promoting green freight through improved logistics management and fuel efficiency measures could reduce GHG emissions and lower freight company fuel costs.
Capacity building for REDD+ readiness (2013 onwards)
Forests in the GMS are important carbon sinks, provide valuable eco-system services, contain extensive and unique biodiversity, and are an important source of livelihood for millions of local people, many of whom live in poverty. The on-going destruction and damage to natural forests in the GMS through over-exploitation has long been one of the major environmental challenges facing the subregion. In response, GMS countries are engaging in REDD+ (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation”).
CEP Country mission: strategic planning, safeguards, and monitoring
As part of a round of planning missions to GMS countries, CEP held a scoping mission to Lao PDR to consult with stakeholders on the program’s Phase II strategic planning, safeguards, and monitoring activities.
Tourism Management in the GMS (Guilin, PRC)
Prospects for Carbon Capture and Storage in Southeast Asia
This ADB report was produced under the Technical Assistance Grant: Determining the Potential for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Southeast Asia (TA 7575-REG), and is focused on an assessment of the...
Fourth Workshop on Enhancing the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific
National Transport Facilitation Committee Senior Officials Meeting back-to-back with Subcommittee Meetings
2013 ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Forum
“Building up partnerships on green development transformation” was the main theme of the 2013 ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Forum, which was held in Guilin, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China (PRC).
World Water Week
Climate Risks in the Mekong Delta-Ca Mau and Kien Giang Provinces of Viet Nam
This ADB report provides provincial and district policy makers with an understanding of the key areas of vulnerability and hotspots with regard to climate change in Viet Nam in the period up to 20...
Viet Nam: Environment and Climate Change Assessment
This ADB study aims to provide guidance to ADB’s Viet Nam country program on applying ADB’s corporate guidelines on environment and climate change to improve ongoing and future priority sec...
Video: Apes on the riverbanks
The video takes a look at the conservation of the Cao Vit gibbon, which was believed to survive only in one location in northern Viet Nam until, in 2006, three groups were discovered in adjacent forest in Guangxi Autonomous Province, China. The video was produced by Guangxi Environmental Protection Department and is in Chinese with English subtitles.
The Role of International Trade in Employment Growth in Micro- and Small Enterprises: Evidence from Developing Asia
This ADB paper examines the role of international trade in employment growth in micro- and small enterprises using a representative sample of manufacturing firms in six Southeast Asian countries
GMS Investment Conclave (Bangkok,Thailand)
Myanmar: Urban Development and Water Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map
This ADB document assesses the needs of urban development and the water sector in Myanmar, and outlines key ADB initiatives to improve access of the population, including poor urban communities, to bas...
GMS Senior Official's Meeting back-to-back with GMS Economic Corridors Forum ECF-5
17th Subregional Transport Forum
Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures Workshop
In continuation of the Core Environment Program’s support to strengthening Myanmar’s environmental safeguards system, a Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedures was held in Yangon on 26 July 2013.
1st Meeting of the GMS Task Force for Urban Development
Mekong Forum and Mekong Institute Council Meeting
Social Protection of Asian Development Institute (Seoul, Korea)
PPP Alumni link event (Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
Energy Sector Management in the GMS
14th Meeting of the Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee back to back with the 6th Meeting of the Subregional Energy Forum
31st GMS Tourism Working Group Meeting
New Opportunities for Natural Wealth Management: A Public Private Dialogue on Green Growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion
The Core Environment Program is helping further the green growth agenda in the GMS by bringing together public and private stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of green economy intiatives