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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GMS Working Group on Environment 24th Annual Meeting

1st April 2019
Event

The 24th Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group (WG) on Environment reviewed the achievements of the GMS Core Environment Program Phase II and discussed the way forward. WGE AM-24 was hosted by the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) with support from ADB through the GMS Environment Operations Center.

 

The WGE AM-24 was followed by thematic discussions that covered the proposed new programs entitled: "GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program (CCESP)" and "GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (SAFSP)" which are aligned with three out of seven operational priorities of Strategy 2030 approved by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board in 2018.

 

The CCESP will focus on ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability, while SAFSP will focus on ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: promoting rural development and food security. Both programs will support ADB Strategy 2030’s operational priority: fostering regional cooperation and integration.

 

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