Established in the mid-80s, the Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia (SNRD Asia and the Pacific) is part of GIZ’s knowledge management initiatives in Asia working to raise the positioning of the technical capacities and expertise of German Development Cooperation in the region. Through sharing of expertise and networking, SNRD Asia and the Pacific currently links 58 projects and programmes in over 15 countries across Asia and the Pacific.

It operates following the mandate set out by the German government and is categorised thematically under different Working Groups. In order to promote greater collaboration between and across relevant sectors, SNRD Asia and the Pacific has set up joint work clusters with other networks in the region, namely Sector Network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia (TUEWAS) and Sector Network Governance Asia (SNGA).

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Agricultural value chains,
investments, Public Private Partnerships,
capacity development and farmer group

Ecosystem services, protected areas, and their governance

Climate change planning, financing and adaptation (incl. NAP, NDC), community and ecosystem-based adaptation, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV)

Climate change education and awareness raising, education for sustainable development and sustainable consumption

Coastal zone management, aquaculture, fishing, coastal and marine conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation in coastal zones, climate change vulnerability assessments, mangrove conservation and restoration

Challenges and lessons learnt in implementing REDD+ (MRV, Safeguards, Benefit Sharing, Strategy) including topics such as Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), and forest policy development

Learning, knowledge and information services for better integrated approaches for member projects of SNRD Asia and the Pacific and TUEWAS

On the whole, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) are our main commissioning parties, but we also work in close collaboration with different government agencies and

the private sector to foster cross-sectoral information exchange and widen our cooperation. Amidst the unprecedented challenges, we remain committed to exert our best efforts to contribute to the harmonious and sustainable development of the world.

Our Structure

The Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia (SNRD Asia and the Pacific) is financed through projects and programmes which GIZ is conducting on behalf of the German Government. It is governed by a Steering Group (consists of a Spokesperson, a Deputy Spokesperson, 4 Representatives from Germany, a Representative from National Staff and 6 Speakers and Co-Speakers, Tandem Partner from each Working Group). For each member country, one Country Focal Point is nominated and represents the interface between the Sector Network and his/her assigned country.

The Secretariat is based in Bangkok, Thailand, with local and international staff stationed across the region. To learn more, click through the below links:

Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia (SNRD Asia and the Pacific) currently has
7 thematic Working Groups

that deal with topics such as agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, hills to ocean (H2O), Forest, green education, and Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific. With the aims to improve learning and cooperation among projects and experts in the sector for better results, orientation, and visibility, we are always on the look-out for greater synergising opportunities.

Be it activities, or products, virtually, web-based tools, or face-to-face events, we welcome the opportunity to initiate and engage with all our partners. A recent leap forward, we have been moving towards close collaboration with another Sector Network in the region, namely TUEWAS (Transport, Environment, Energy, and Water in Asia).


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