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Dear Reader,

In case you missed our last issue or have not been updated on the Conference 2018’s theme, behold that it will be on ‘digitalisation’, and the newly unveiled slogan is Going Digital: Unleashing the potential for SNRD Asia and TUEWAS.

Aptly in line with the company-wide digital change framework, it proves all the more timely that we pick up this topic and be well-equipped for what is to come.

For the long time GIZ staffer, you have probably seen first-hand how digitalisation has impacted your everyday work: from making use of drones and satellite data in crop monitoring or utilising satellite images in identifying global forest loss. Given this, it is hard to imagine our day-to-day work without any digital presence.

Nevertheless, some might be reluctant to new technologies at times. Just like how they say change is not always easy.

But for us as a community of experts collaborating across geographical borders, it has been a while coming that the digital revolution has transformed and eased how we engage. Our Steering and Working Group meetings have been taking place virtually and recently more seamlessly owing to the introduction of Skype for Business (safe for the annual face-to-face meeting and the big conference where physical meetings is still crucial).

As per every issue, get updated on what has been happening within our community in the round-up section. If the topic of SDGs is your calling, do not miss the SDGs project perspectives in the Spotlight. Catch this issue is a National Personnel Strategy, envisioned to promote participation of national staff in SNRD Asia.

Last but not least, watch out for “Conference 2018’s Save the Date”! Coming soon to your inbox!!!

Best regards,

Lena Kern
SNRD Asia Spokesperson

First Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition
4-5 October 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

SNRD REDD+ WG Expert Exchange
on REDD+
17-19 October 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12)
23-28 October 2017
Manila, the Philippines

GIZ Conference ”2030 Agenda – From Theory to Practice”
26-27 October 2017
Eschborn, Germany

6-17 November 2017
Bonn, Germany

Sector Network Forum 2017
15 December 2017
Eschborn, Germany

In this section, you will find some focus articles contributed by our WGs. For this issue, read on to see contribution from Task Force SDGs.


Save the date: “GIZ Conference 2030 Agenda – From Theory to Practice”!

What: GIZ Conference 2030 Agenda – From Theory to Practice When: 26 – 27 October 2017 Where: Galerie Haus 1, Eschborn, Germany Organizers: Sectoral Department and

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New BMZ projects to focus on most effective and efficient ways to achieve SDGs

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has revised its procedure for reviewing proposals for new and follow-on bilateral and regional projects

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25 August — GIZ projects in the Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia (TUEWAS) sector have just made the topic of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a tad more visible and systematic with the launch of the new7

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ABS contribution to implementing the SDGs

The Access- and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Partnership Project supports the Indian government in the conservation of the country’s rich biological heritage, in which 7% of globally recorded species (more than 45,000 plant and 91,000 animal species) are

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Tribute to NPs: SNRD Asia – National Personnel Strategy is now out!

On 21st June 2017, during the Annual Face-to-Face Steering Group Meeting in Bangkok, the Steering Group resolved to implement initiatives to more strongly promote the engagement of National Personnel (NP). The increased engagement of NP shall not only be reflected quantitatively in numbers on the official name list, but, more importantly, in their active participation in each Working Group (WG) and Task Force (TF) as well as in the SNRD Asia Conference.

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Get updated on latest development and happenings from our SNRD Asia community below.

The struggle over Lao PDR’s forests: New opportunities for improved forest governance?

Deforestation and forest degradation have led to a reduction of the natural forest areas in Lao PDR over the past few decades. Increased greenhouse gas emissions, a general loss of biodiversity, increasing scarcity of timber and non-timber forest

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Press Release: Satellite technology expedites insurance payouts in India’s crop insurance programme

Chennai, (July 19th, 2017) – Early insurance payouts were surging during the recent Rabi cropping season in Tamil Nadu, a state in the south of India. For the first time in India, a state government made use of satellite data in

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Marine Spatial Planning explained in a nutshell. Click here to see the video!

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is spreading across the globe as a new way of achieving sustainable development of the world’s seas and oceans. But what does MSP actually mean? How does it work?

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Germany consolidate good practices in managing 60 existing protected area all over the PH – at least 56 new areas declared

The Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project successfully held a National Learning Exchange at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Centre, Pasig City, on 6-7

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ASEAN-CRN releases Volume 2 of the ASEAN Guidelines on CSA Practices

In an effort to continue the promotion of practices showcasing climate smart agriculture (CSA) amongst policymakers and farmers in the Southeast Asian region, the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN)

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Open Call for Proposals: Funding Innovation Making a Difference

The Common Fund for Commodities provides financing to organisations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains in its member countries. Through a range of financial instruments, the CFC seeks to support business activities in the

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This section introduces new faces in the network, and/or new developments we do not want you to miss out!

“My name is Marie and I have background in political science and a genuine interest in a broad range of environmental and climate change issues. Recently, I have taken up Speaker position for the CCA WG, a good move since my work currently involves planning for and integrating climate change risks in the Thai policy context. In my role as the Speaker, I would like to promote cross-WG collaboration and enhance knowledge exchange between adaptation projects in the region using innovative formats.”

Marie Rossetti
Speaker, Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) WG


“Namaste! I’m Jona and heading the Green Innovation Centre project in India. Our project joined SNRD Asia recently and we are happy to belong to the regional agri-community now. We work on tomato and potato based value chains mainly in southern India and are convinced that market oriented interventions will help farmers and businesses in up- and downstream sectors to take the advantages of Indian horticulture. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you and are keen to learn from your project activities. “

Jonathan Ziebula
Project Director, Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector - India



A World Without Hunger is Possible

Food Security in South Asia

One World No Hunger Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector

Organic Agriculture and Post-2015 Development Goals


Community Action to Conserve Biodiversity

Global Biodiversity
Outlook 3

Targeted Scenario Analysis

Tourism Concessions in Protected Natural Areas

Climate Change

A Region at Risk_The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific

Climate Change Time to Act

Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Mitigation Activities


Digital Economy Outlook 2015

Harnessing the digital revolution for sustainable development

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)


Forestry and REDD+

Making REDD Work for the Poor

Ready for REDD

REDD Early Movers (REM) Rewarding pioneers in forest conservation

REDD+ Protecting forests and climage for sustainable development

REDD-plus and Biodiversity

Marine and Aquaculture

Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries

Marine protected areas Interactions with fishery livelihoods and food security

Ocean and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management_Implementation Handbook

Tales from the Coral Triangle Philippines


Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Outlook

From goals to action Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2016

Report of the German Federal Government to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2016

SDG Compass The Guide for Business Action on the SDGs

Win-Win How International Trade Can Help Meet the Sustainable Development Goals


Forms of Development Cooperation Involving the Private Sector

German Development Cooperation Supporting You to Do Business in Developing Countries

Land Ownership

Reducing Disaster Risk by Managing Urban Land Use

SMEs in Developing Asia New Approaches to Overcoming Market Failures

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