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.

Such support covers a wide spectrum - from policy analyses, technical research, developing tools and approaches, to piloting field-based interventions. In early 2013, the GMS Core Environment Program initiated the GMS Climate Change Adaptation Roundtable as a platform to bring together researchers and practitioners from regional organizations to exchange knowledge and best practices, identify gaps, and work together to plug them.

Since then, the Roundtable has met a dozen times in Bangkok on a variety of topics, including:

  • Identifying critical research gaps for climate risk financing as well as M&E and financing issues.
  • Looking at how Spatial-Multicriteria Analysis can be used to inform more climate friendly investments under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program’s investment pipeline
  • Finding opportunities to raise high-level political awareness on climate change adaptation at the 4th GMS Environment Minister’s Meeting
  • Developing analytical tools for assessing climate vulnerability at the river basin scale.

In late 2015, the Roundtable members began working on guidelines for watershed-scale vulnerability and adaptation assessments, which will be published during 2017.

Roundtable members include: the GMS Environment Operations Center; Southeast Asia START Regional Center; the Mekong Region Futures Institute; the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Project; USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia, the US Forest Service, the International Union for Conservation of Nature; the Institute for Global Environmental Studies; the World Wide Fund for Nature; and the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Resources

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Concept Note​-CEP Phase II Climate Change Adaptation.pdf 236 KB 18-12-2013

Publish Date: 16th September 2013

Last Updated: 21st September 2017

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

1 to 2 April 2019
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Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Climate Change and Environment Sustainability Program (CCESP): The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) on CCESP will build on the key achievements of two phases of the Core Environment Program and support the implementation of the GMS Core Environment Program Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2018-2022, which was endorsed at the Fifth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting held in 2018. The CCESP will focus on creating enabling conditions to leverage additional investment in priority areas such as (i) green technologies and sustainable infrastructure; (ii) natural resources and ecosystem services; and (iii) green growth, climate resilience and disaster risk management.

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

3 to 4 April 2019
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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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