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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