Established in the mid-80s, the Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia (SNRD Asia) 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, the Sector Network currently links 58 projects and programmes in 20 countries across Asia and the Pacific. These include AzerbaijanBangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, MalaysiaMongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pacific Island Countries, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines,  Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. It operates following the mandate set out by the German government and is categorised thematically under different Working Groups. 

Recognising that while this thematic component benefits knowledge exchange on the one hand, it can also lead to certain barriers on the other. Hence, a joint collaborative Task Force emerged with the aims to bridge certain overlaps and promotes innovative synergy outside SNRD Asia. With this, we are now moving towards greater collaboration with another Sector Network in the region, namely TUEWAS (Transport, Environment, Energy, and Water in Asia). 

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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

SNRD Asia is governed by a Steering Group (consists of a Spokesperson, a Deputy Spokesperson, 3 Representatives from Germany, a Representative from National Staff and 6 Speakers 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.

For further details, download the latest SNRD Asia Factsheet.

About GIZ

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is owned by the German government and with operations around the globe. GIZ provides services in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ also works on behalf of other public and private sector clients both in Germany and overseas. These include the governments of other countries, the European Union, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, and other development organizations. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries and employs approximately 17, 000 staff worldwide.

To learn more about the role and work of GIZ, visit the official website here.


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