GMS Strategic Environmental Assessment Knowledge Sharing Forum

Siem Reap, Cambodia 30 to 31 October 2014

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is increasingly used by GMS countries to assess the environmental and social consequences of policies, plans and programs to achieve more sustainable development outcomes.

To share experience and knowledge of SEA application regionally, nationally and by sector, more than 90 GMS and international SEA practitioners and policymakers attended a SEA Knowledge Sharing Forum from 30 to 31 October in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

The objective of the Forum was to increase recognition of SEA as a means to achieve more sustainable regional and national planning, greater awareness of present SEA knowledge and capacity gaps, and to identify priorities to tackle these challenges. To achieve this, the Forum focused on:

  • identifying global, regional and national best practice fpr establishing SEA systems and integrating SEA into decision-making processes;
  • assessing the effectiveness of SEA in the GMS, including the extent to which SEA outcomes have benefited policy and investment decisions;
  • building understanding of the challenges and opportunities countries face in applying SEA for national and sector planning, as well as defining enabling conditions required to further the uptake of SEA in GMS countries;
  • presenting technical and analytical development of SEA approaches and tools, as well as potential for their adoption in the GMS;
  • mapping support from international development agencies on applying SEA for decision making in the GMS, as well as recommending actions to strengthen support;
  • identifying concrete actions for GMS countries to benefit from the use of SEA as a multisector and multicriteria approach for achieving green growth and Post-2015 development goals.  

Learning from the Forum will shape messages and recommendations in a policy brief and other materials on how to scale up SEA use to deliver green and sustainable development in the GMS and will be presented to environment leaders at the Fourth GMS Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM4) in January 2015. The Forum will also feed into a lessons learned publication on SEA in the GMS, which will be published during the first half of 2015.

The Forum was jointly hosted by the GMS Core Environment Program and Cambodia's Ministry of Environment, with funding and technical support from the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD,


File Name Size Modified
SEA Knowledge Sharing Forum Concept Note and Agenda.pdf 569 KB 26-10-2014
Opening Remarks ADB.pdf 243 KB 04-11-2014
Opening Remarks ​- Ministry of Environment, Cambodia.pdf 156 KB 04-11-2014
Session 1​_SEA and Green Growth.pdf 637 KB 30-10-2014
Session 1​_SEA in China.pdf 965 KB 30-10-2014
Session 2​_SEA in Cambodia.pdf 1 MB 30-10-2014
Session 2​_SEA in Lao PDR.pdf 156 KB 30-10-2014
Session 2​_SEA in Viet Nam.pdf 153 KB 30-10-2014
Parallel 1​_Regional Power Planning.pdf 912 KB 30-10-2014
Parallel 1​_SEA for amended PDP7.pdf 953 KB 31-10-2014
Parallel 1​_SEA for hydro river basin.pdf 990 KB 31-10-2014
Parallel 2​_Cambodia Green Growth and SEA.pdf 150 KB 30-10-2014
Parallel 2​_Integrated Spatial Planning.pdf 1 MB 31-10-2014
Session 3​_Africa Experience.pdf 232 KB 30-10-2014
Session 3​_Experience Elsewhere in Asia.pdf 256 KB 30-10-2014
Session 5​_Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services.pdf 809 KB 31-10-2014
Session 5​_LIVES Initiative.pdf 3 MB 31-10-2014
Session 5​_Natural Capital Metrics and Accounting.pdf 1 MB 31-10-2014
Session 5​_PES in Viet Nam.pdf 673 KB 31-10-2014
Session 5​_SEA Research Needs.pdf 803 KB 31-10-2014
Session 5​_Spatial Decision Support Tool.pdf 1 MB 31-10-2014
Session 5​_Sustainable Land Use.pdf 941 KB 31-10-2014
Session 5​_WWF InVEST.pdf 1 MB 31-10-2014
Session 6​_SEA training by SIDA.pdf 529 KB 31-10-2014
Session 6​_SIDA.pdf 964 KB 31-10-2014
Session 6​_USAID.pdf 502 KB 31-10-2014
SEA and Green Economy.pdf 1 MB 31-10-2014

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

1 to 2 April 2019

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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