ADAPT GMS

Think together, work together and succeed together

our focus

Mekong River is a primary source that originates myriads of lives as well as one of the world fundamental sources of the agriculture. The climate change is inevitably has an impact and results in changes to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) local community lifestyle. The effect of climate change including severe flood and drought can all alter the life of individuals dwelling and depending on the river. A vast number of poor citizens in the grass root level are especially the vulnerable group which suffers from the climate change

Thailand Environment Institute Foundation (TEI), a non-profit organisation, with the support from Sida, has enthusiastically been endeavoring to discover approaches in strengthening and building capacity of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the six GMS countries. It is aimed at developing the collaboration among CSOs in the region in terms of creating the understanding of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Water Resource Management (WRM) as well as finding policy-level solution. As a result, the nation in the region will have ability to adapt to climate change.

In this regard, TEI has initiated various project activities with CSOs in the region. The activities emphasize on the knowledge dissemination and the development of cooperation which will contribute the maximum positive impact to the grass root-level individuals. Some of the examples include the provision of financial support to CSO network to attend international forum and supports for CSO projects.

TEI supports CSO representatives to attend the following International forum

4th BDP Forum on Mekong Basin Development Strategy: Moving towards optimal development of the Mekong River Basin, 20-22 November 2014, Seam Reap, Cambodia

The MRC Basin Development Programme has held a Regional Forum to bring about active involvement of scientists, representatives from civil society and non-governmental organisations, government officials, the MRC's Development Partners (donor governments, and international and regional organisations), the MRC's Dialogue Partners (China and Myanmar), the private sector and the media. The two-day event will ensure that Mekong stakeholders are consulted on the preparation of the Strategy update and that their feedback and input are taken into account.L

For more event detail please visit
http://www.mrcmekong.org/news-and-events/consultations/4th-regional-forum-on-the-basin-development-strategy/

THA 2015 International Conference on "Climate Change and Water & Environment Management in Monsoon Asia" 28-30 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Natural catastrophe brought together the ten countries of ASEAN, to found the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM). The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for researchers, scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to share and present new advances, research findings, perspectives, and experiences in Disaster, Irrigation and Water Management. Special attentions will be given to developing certain skills or competence, or general upgrading of performance ability for climate change adaptation, participatory water management, disaster and environment management, and sustainable development in the monsoon Asia. The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers, scientists, and officials in the domain of interest from around the world.

For more detail of the conference please visit
http://www.paper4conference.com/webhistory/www.tha2015.org/Home_list.asp

Regional Workshop PARTNERS IN RIGHTS - Promoting Regional Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights through Innovative Relationships between Businesses, Civil Society and Governments, 27 -28 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

The Embassy of Sweden will organize a regional workshop which will explore the development of meaningful partnerships and relations between businesses, civil society organizations (CSOs) and government, through highlighting the linkages between environmental sustainability, human rights and gender equality. An important point of departure for the workshop is the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the UN Guiding Principles) as a framework for understanding various actors' roles and responsibilities.

It is increasingly acknowledged that the private sector has an important role to play, and a growing responsibility to ensure the respect and promotion of human rights, globally and in the Southeast Asian region. At the same time, there is recognition that many human rights violations are directly related to natural resource degradation. It is not possible to separate human rights, including gender equality, and sustainable development. CSOs working with the private sector can contribute to creating new opportunities to promote better local economic development, protect human rights, conserve and manage natural resources and create empowerment opportunities for marginalized groups. For companies, new partnerships can lead to innovative approaches for sustaining their businesses.

Workshop Overview

The Embassy aims for this workshop to provide a forum for regional dialogue and capacity development for organizations, businesses, and government in order to promote understanding of each other's roles, working methods and opportunities for further collaboration. Through presentations, panel discussions and break-out groups, the workshop will provide practical ideas on how CSOs, businesses and governments, working together or in complementary ways, can promote improved regional approaches for working integrated with human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability. The workshop activities will allow for an exchange of experiences on governance issues for responsible and inclusive economic development. This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Richard Welford, Chairman of CSR Asia.We look forward to welcoming you to the workshop.

Workshop Deliverables

  • A common understanding among participants on how successful implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in the region – to promote a just and sustainable development – could look like, with focus on partnership modalities and innovative watchdog approaches to protect, respect and remedy.
  • Continued relationship and collaboration between CSOs and companies participating in the workshop. Ideas on how collaboration and information exchange could be developed between CSOs and business in general and among participants in particular, for the promotion of environmentally related rights.
  • Input to donors with ideas on how development cooperation can support the establishment of effective partnerships and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles effectively.

Summary of CSOs' project