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.

 

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Village Development Funds in the GMS

31st March 2018
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In Guangxi, near the border with Viet Nam, a concrete slab was laid in a small village to give its children somewhere to play basketball. A long way to the east, a Dai ethnic man in southern Yunnan Province was able to buy 500 chickens to start a new livelihood. Down south to the Tenasserim Mountains in western Thailand, local people gathered on a royal holiday to plant trees to help restore a damaged forest. These are just a few examples of how people are using village development funds (VDFs)—revolving funds that provide low interest loans to local people in some of the poorest areas of the GMS—to improve livelihoods.

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Managing Industrial Pollution in the Greater Mekong Subregion

15th March 2018
News

After centuries of agricultural dependence, GMS countries have pursued industrialization in recent decades. As a result, their economies are now more diversified and consumer-driven. Although this has brought many socioeconomic benefits, it has created pollution problems, which are worsening.

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