First round of environmental performance assessments
(2003–2006)

Environmental performance assessments were conducted in six GMS countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Yunnan Province in the PR China. This was part of an ADB regional technical assistance project known as Strategic Environment Framework Phase II (SEF II) conducted from 2003–2005.

In the first round of EPAs, each of the GMS countries identified six to seven priority environmental issues for analysis under the pressure-state-response framework. These included: natural resources – forestry, fisheries, coastal zones, and biodiversity; water resources – water pollution; land – land degradation; urban environments – solid waste, mobile source pollution, toxic contamination; and atmosphere – air pollution, ozone depletion, climate change.

Subregional EPAs were also completed within this first phase of EPA reports, and focused on selected transboundary environmental issues across the GMS – the Mekong’s vital functions, illegal trade in wildlife, and remaining biodiversity.

In addition, to demonstrate the usefulness of the EPA approach at the subnational level, a series of case studies were undertaken in each GMS country. Topics were wide ranging, encompassing: community fisheries and biodiversity conservation (Cambodia), solid waste management and inland water pollution (Lao PDR), urban and inland water resources management (Myanmar), forest resources management and inland water pollution (Thailand), and provincial level applications of SoE reporting (Viet Nam and Yunnan).

Available reports:

Cambodia EPA

Thailand EPA

PR China-Yunnan Province EPA

Lao PDR EPA

Myanmar EPA

Viet Nam EPA


Publish Date: 1st June 2006

Last Updated: 3rd June 2016


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Subregional Environmental Performance Assessment Report

1st January 2008
Publication

This subregional environmental performance assessment (EPA), a collaborative effort between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), examines methodologies used to create environmental performance assessment (EPAs) for member countries in the GMS to develop national and subnational capacities for implementing EPA. 

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Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study II (2007 to 2011)

1st June 2012
Activity

CEP provided technical and financial support to the Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study II (APFSOS II), which began in 2007. Led by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the outlook studies provide a benchmark for monitoring change, and predicting future trends, for forestry in the GMS and broader Asia-Pacific region.

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