The workshop was organised by the United Nations Environment Programme – International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP). The proposal aims to seek funding from the Adaptation Fund, with the UN Environment as the Implementing Entity and UNEP-IEMP to lead the implementation of regional components related to regional knowledge sharing and regional cooperation, including roles of Chinese institutions in South-South Cooperation. The concept proposal was endorsed at the 30th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board in October 2017.
The workshop participants consisted of representatives from the Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam), Lancang-Mekong Environmental Cooperation Center, UNEP-IEMP and UN Environment Headquarters. Its objectives were to introduce the project overview, background and latest status on the full proposal development; and to discuss on the design of the regional components for benefits of individual country and the region as a whole. The workshop was very fruitful in discussions and advice on finalizing the regional component design as well as implementation arrangements. The participants actively shared their valuable ideas from both national and regional perspectives on, for instance, upscaling EbA, gaps in EbA mainstreaming, potential knowledge and policy platforms, as well as resources and cooperation with Chinese-based organizations.
At the end of the workshop, representatives from UN Environment Headquarters expressed high appreciation to the participants for their support in the proposal development process and active contributions at the workshop. The full proposal will be submitted at the next submission round in August 2018.
Workshop opening session chaired by Ms. Tatirose Vijitpan, UNEP-IEMP (Image by UNEP-IEMP)