Phnom Penh Plan Environment Trainings for Senior Officials

The Phnom Penh Plan (PPP) is a regional program for capacity development under the Human Resource Department Strategy of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program. It is designed to help develop a core group of motivated development leaders and managers to manage the complex and challenging GMS development agenda.

The PPP program aims to provide learning programs tailored to the needs of GMS civil servants:

  • Integrate the national and regional dimensions of development planning and management;
  • Identify skills and subjects of the highest relevance to development management; and
  • Adopt a variety of unique and innovative approaches, inputs and incentives to support capacity building.

Since 2008, CEP has supported the PPP initiative by delivering training programs on environmental management topics.

In February of that year, the first training program delivered was on ‘Environmental Management and Climate Change in the GMS.’ This was followed in late 2009 and 2010 by two courses on ‘Integrated Sustainable Development Planning and Strategies for the GMS.’

In 2012, the training moved to a more in-depth environmental focus to build on the general environmental trainings provided earlier. The first of these ‘deepening’ trainings was held in February on strategic environmental assessments and safeguards. The 1-week course comprised 26 mid-level technical staff from energy and transport sectors, and finance and planning ministries. Their feedback on course content guided follow up training on national safeguards.

In March 2013, ‘Environmental Safeguards Good Practice for Transport and Energy Sector Planning and Projects in the GMS’ training was conducted with participation from EIA practitioners, sector planners and decision makers. 

In April 2014, 'Transport, Energy Use and Climate Change in the GMS' training has been delivered. It targets energy and transport sector officials in the GMS, focusing on mid-level government officials.

Publish Date: 28th May 2012

Last Updated: 22nd April 2014

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

3 to 4 April 2019

GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP): The proposed TA will build on accomplishments of the two phases of the Core Agriculture Support Program and support the implementation of Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the GMS and Siem Reap Action Plan, which was endorsed by the GMS Agriculture Ministers in late 2017. The SAFSP interventions will focus on areas such as (i) climate-smart and gender-conscious agricultural value chains, (ii) food safety and quality, and (iii) water-food-energy nexus in a warming world (through the adoption of climate-friendly agricultural adaptation practices and technologies).


SAFSP will focus on ADB’s value addition in advancing the use of advanced digital technologies, leveraging investments and applying integrated solutions on the safe, environment and climate-friendly agro-based value chains in the GMS. The TA will assist GMS towards becoming a more integrated, prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable subregion, by focusing on principles such as “food safety for all, climate-friendly agriculture, inclusiveness of small farmers, gender empowerment, corporate social responsibility, good governance, benefits for all GMS countries, and integration with ASEAN”.


The SAFSP will have the following themes to be implemented over 5 years:


      1.          Greening of agribusiness supply chains

      2.          Inclusive and gender-conscious food value chains

      3.          Financing climate-friendly agribusinesses

      4.          Food safety and quality standards, certification and traceability

      5.          Cross-border animal health and value chain development

      6.          Water for food security in a changing climate

      7.          Agricultural adaptation in the context of water-food-energy nexus


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a workshop on the GMS SAFSP on 3-4 April 2019in Kunming, People’s Republic of China. The workshop was divided into six sessions, where each session discussed (i) key challenges for each seven themes, (ii)  current status (e.g. policies, building capacities and mobilizing investment for infrastructure), and best practices that could be replicated, (iii)  key priorities for action, and (iv) advantages or disadvantages in adopting a regional approach.

More than 80 participants attended. Delegates included senior government officials from 6ADB developing member countries, senior staff from international and regional development organizations, including ADB, non-government organizations, academia, and the private sector.

The agenda and presentation materials can be downloaded below.


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

14 to 15 March 2019

To assess current status of application of digital technologies in four areas:

1.Sustainable agriculture

2.Food traceability

3.Climate action (mitigation and adaptation)

4.Environmental sustainability


To solicit views from the representatives of the government, private sector, development partners and academia on most appropriate technologies, needs and gaps, and future priorities for action in the GMS


To identify opportunities for public-private partnerships in deployment of digital technologies in the GMS


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