Fourth Greater Mekong Subregion Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM4)

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 27 to 29 January 2015

Every three years, environment ministers from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries gather to take stock of environment challenges and opportunities, and set the direction for regional responses under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program.

The Fourth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM4) was held on 29 January 2015 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, and preceded by knowledge events on 27 and 28 January. The EMM4 events were organized by the GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE) with the support of the Asian Development Bank-led Environment Operations Center (Secretariat to the WGE) and Myanmar’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. Funding is through the GMS Core Environment Program, the flagship environment initiative of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program.

The theme of EMM4 is “Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the Greater Mekong Subregion”. Its objective was to take forward the call for green, inclusive, and balanced economy, made by ministers at the Third Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Cambodia in 2011, and operationalize the guidance from the 5th GMS Summit in December 2014. 

Specifically, EMM4 aimed to garner high-level consensus and support from the GMS countries and stakeholders for scaling up efforts to protect and enhance natural capital to achieve inclusive and sustainable development in the GMS. The meeting was especially timely, occurring shortly after the 5th GMS Summit held in December 2014, when the Leaders of the GMS countries pledged to implement the Regional Investment Framework (RIF) Implementation Plan (2014–2018) that represents a pipeline of priority subregional projects valued at over $30 billion. 

Knowledge events were held prior to the formal meeting of ministers on 29 January. These included three parallel events on 27 January – a Biodiversity Landscapes Forum, Natural Capital Business Forum, and Youth Environment Meeting – and a Natural Capital Dialogue on 28 January. The events brought together senior government officials and major environment stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of key issues, challenges, and solutions to unlock investments in natural capital within the context of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program and beyond. Specifically, these events were: 

  • Raise awareness about the value of natural capital within the context of sustainable and inclusive development of the subregion.
  • Build consensus on the need to integrate natural capital considerations into subregional and national development planning and to scale up investments in natural capital.
  • Identify opportunities and priority actions to increase natural capital investments.
  • Identify effective and efficient partnerships for cross-sector and stakeholder coordination and collaboration to increase investments in natural capital subregionally and nationally.

See also

GMS Working Group on Environment 24th Annual Meeting

1st April 2019
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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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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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