October 31, 2015IGES
The Paris Climate Agreement and Beyond: Linking Short-term Climate Actions to Long-term GoalsClick to close
October 07, 2015WWF
Linking Rapid Erosion of the Mekong River Delta to Human ActivitiesClick to close
September 15, 2015Asian Development Bank
Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan - First Progress Report
This ADB report provides the status of the overall Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan as of 30 June 2015, for all sectors, both investment and technical assistance projects.The Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan, 2014-2018 (RIF-IP) identifies a pipeline of 93 high priority investment and technical assistance projects from among the more than 200 projects included in the Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Investment Framework, 2013-2022 (RIF).RIF-ip-progress-report.pdf (2 MB)Click to close
September 13, 2015Asian Development Bank
Economic Analysis of Climate-Proofing Investment Projects
This ADB report describes the conduct of the cost-benefit analysis of climate proofing investment projects. An important message is that the presence of uncertainty about climate change does not invalidate the conduct of the economic analysis of investment projects, nor does it require a new type of economic analysis. However, the presence of uncertainty does require a different type of decision-making process in which technical and economic expertise combine to present decision makers with the best possible information on the economic efficiency of alternative designs of investment projects.economic-analysis-climate-proofing-projects.pdf (3 MB)Click to close
September 09, 2015ADB
Greater Mekong Subregion Statistics On Growth, Connectivity and Sustainable Development (First Edition)
The booklet has five chapters. Chapter One presents the country progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Chapter Two is a regional and country overview of data on production, trade in goods and services, and foreign direct investment. Chapters Three and Four compile indicators in logistics performance, doing business, competitiveness and trade facilitation. Lastly, Chapter Five provides indicators for connectivity, focusing on the transport and information and communications technology sectors.gms-statistics-1st-ed.pdf (1 MB)Click to close
September 09, 2015Asian Development Bank
Greater Mekong Subregion Urban Development Strategic Framework 2015 – 2022
This ADB report features Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Urban Development Strategic Framework, 2015 – 2022. It sets out a broad framework to encourage and facilitate a coordinated approach to the development of urban areas throughout the GMS. The framework includes three pillars: (i) planning and development of key urban areas, (ii) planning and development of border areas, and (iii) capacity development in urban planning and management. Underlying these are four crosscutting themes—green development and climate change resilience, disaster risk management, inclusive development, and competitiveness. The GMS Urban Development Strategic Framework also provides the context for ongoing and planned projects in the six GMS member countries.gms-urbandev-framework-2015-2022.pdf (4 MB)Click to close
August 31, 2015IGES
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: From Agenda to Action
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the centrepiece of a new global agreement on what society seeks to become over the next fifteen years. This agreement envisages a world free from poverty and deprivation, and where the fundamental conditions for human prosperity—healthy ecosystems, a stable climate, and a clean environment—are safely maintained. However, the SDGs do not offer a plan for how to achieve such laudable objectives. This book joins a timely discussion on how the SDGs can be implemented. It deals with how the globally agreed goals can be adapted to national and local circumstances, and what actions can pave the way for achieving them. More specifically, the book focuses on how reforms in governance—the way in which authority is exercised and decisions are taken and executed—can bring the SDG agenda into action.
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August 18, 2015PACT
Environmental Impact Assessment Comparative Analysis In Lower Mekong Countries
This Report examines existing laws, policies, regulations, and guidelines in each Lower Mekong country, and relevant literature, to answer the following four questions :
- What are the specific provisions for public participation in EIA?
- To what degree are the existing national EIA frameworks already harmonized across the Lower Mekong countries?
- What major gaps exist, particularly with respect to public participation processes?
- What specific recommendations can be made for strengthening the EIA process nationally and regionally, specifically with respect to meaningful public participation and stakeholder engagement?
This Report also examines some regional EIA approaches of the Mekong River Commission, as well as the Asian Development Bank‘s Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).Environmental Impact Assessment Comparative Analysis In Lower Mekong Countries.pdf (4 MB)Click to close
July 23, 2015Asian Development Bank
Renewable Energy Developments and Potential for the Greater Mekong Subregion
This ADB report was produced under the technical assistance project Promoting Renewable Energy, CleanFuels, and Energy Efficiency in the Greater Mekong Subregion (TA 7679). It focused on renewable energydevelopments and potential in five countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS): Cambodia, theLao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. It assessed the potential of solar,wind, biomass, and biogas as sources of renewable energy. Technical considerations include the degree andintensity of solar irradiation, average wind speeds, backup capacity of grid systems, availability and quality ofagricultural land for biofuel crops, and animal manure concentrations for biogas digester systems. Most GMSgovernments have established plans for reaching these targets and have implemented policy, regulatory, andprogram measures to boost solar, wind, biomass, and biogas forms of renewable energy. Incentives for privatesector investment in renewable energy are increasingly emphasized.renewable-energy-developments-gms.pdf (6 MB)Click to close
July 14, 2015Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Driving Sustainable Development Through Better Infrastructure: Key Elements of A Transformation Program
Driving Sustainable Development Through Better Infrastructure: Key Elements of A Transformation ProgramBhattacharya-et-al.-2015.pdf (2 MB)Click to close