New Environment Projects Planned for the Greater Mekong Subregion

Proposed projects for regional environmental cooperation were discussed by senior officials from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries at a ‘green growth’ event held in Siem Reap on 11 July.

Included were regional programs for rural waste management and sustainable land management as well as specific initiatives targeting climate resilience, low carbon development, and pollution control.

The project ‘pipeline’ – developed collaboratively between the Asian Development Bank-led GMS Core Environment Program (CEP) and the six environment ministries - will be further  refined before being tabled for approval at the 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Siem Reap in February next year.

“These environment projects will help the GMS countries transition onto a green growth path and contribute to meeting their national Sustainable Development Goal commitments. We are looking to develop bankable projects for potential funding by ADB or other partners,” said Pavit Ramachandran, Senior Environment Specialist, ADB. 

CEP, the lead environmental cooperation program for the GMS, will play a key role in mobilizing funding and providing technical assistance to operationalize the pipeline, Ramachandran added. 

The event was hosted by Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment (MoE) and also brought together regional and international environment experts to share good practices on green growth approaches and tools.

“Cambodia is very pleased to host this event and these proposed projects as well as the sharing of international experiences provide further momentum for our shared journey toward green growth in the GMS,” said His Excellency, Sao Sopheap, Advisor and Director of Cabinet, MoE.

Senior environment officials and ADB representatives also gathered on 12 July in Siem Reap for the 23rd Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment. There they reviewed CEP implementation progress as well as discussed a strategic framework for a third phase of the program for 2018-2022.

The GMS includes Cambodia, the People's Republic of China (specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. 


Publish Date: 12th July 2017

Last Updated: 12th July 2017

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Green Growth in the GMS: Best Practices

11th July 2017
Event

This workshop brought together environment and other GMS officials with international experts to explore green growth opportunities in the subregion.

Topics included:

  • Green Growth Opportunities in the GMS: Setting the Context
  • Environmental Technological Innovation
  • Promoting a Transition Toward a Green Economy
  • Financial Innovation

The workshop participants also discussed emerging environmental priorities and potential investments in the subregion as identified by recent CEP country consultations as part of the CEP Phase III planning process. 

The workshop, held the day before the GMS Working Group on Environment's 23rd Annual Meeting, was the second in a series of three under the green growth theme that will be held in the lead up to the 5th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting, scheduled for early 2018. The first was in Bangkok in March, titled “Green Growth in the GMS: Trends and Priorities.”

Presentations and other materials from the event can be downloaded below.

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