Second round of environmental performance assessments
(2007–2011)

During the second round of EPAs, increased emphasis was given to building national capacity, producing better quality information, and ensuring that analytical results fed into national planning processes.

National consultants and focal government agencies led the EPA work and this ‘learn-by-doing’ approach has seen the establishment of national EPA offices or ‘nodes’ in the GMS. With the EPA process embedded in government focal agencies, closer collaboration with a wide range of sectors and ministries became easier and in turn resulted in better information and data. 

The second round EPAs continued to analyze the same environmental priority areas as occurred under the first round, namely biodiversity conservation, climate change, poverty reduction, capacity building and sustainable natural resources management. Climate change did, however, become a greater priority for most of the GMS countries during this period.

One notable difference in approach was the use of the Development Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework, an extension of the pressure-state-response framework used for the first round. This has enabled deeper insights into pressures on the environment as well as the social and biophysical impacts associated with environmental change.

The timing of the EPAs was geared around opportunities to influence GMS countries’ national development strategies, such as Lao PDR’s Seventh Five-Year Socio-Economic Development Plan (2011–2015).

Resources

File Name Size Modified
Xishuangbanna EPA report.pdf 3 MB 16-06-2015
Xishuangbanna EPA​-Chinese language.pdf 2 MB 16-06-2015
Thailand EPA​-Thai language.pdf 6 MB 16-06-2015

Publish Date: 1st June 2007

Last Updated: 16th June 2015


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

3 to 4 April 2019
Event

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
Event

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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