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Dear Readers,

We kicked off the 2019 with an active approach to promote the cross-sectoral collaboration and innovations from SNRD Asia and the Pacific!

Our year started with the Joint Face-to-Face Steering Group Meeting between SNRD Asia and the Pacific & Sector Network TUEWAS to promote the cross-sectoral collaboration and to agree on future ways of working. The event was successfully held in Bangkok during 5-7 March 2019.

In 2018, there were some changes to the SNRD Asia and the Pacific STRG Committee with Silke Bommersheim taking up the position of the SNRD Asia and the Pacific Spokesperson. The Joint Secretariat was also welcoming the new members, Donaya Siamwalla, the Sector Network Manager and PR Officer, and Amornsiri Jiamworanunkul, the Office Manager.

A number of innovations funded by the internal annual grant were successfully carried out and the same mechanism will be implemented again in 2019. You can find more details about the results of the Working Group (WG) allowance from 2018 in the Spotlight section below. The WG allowance and the Innovation fund for 2019 has been announced with good participation from our Working Groups.

Another engaging event which is now in the planning process is “The Joint Face-to-Face Conference between the SNRD Asia and the Pacific and Sector Network TUEWAS.” The event is expected to happen in 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme selection is being concluded with the contributions from our members. More details to be shared in the next Newsletter.

Best regards,

Silke Bommersheim
SNRD Asia and the Pacific Spokesperson

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW2019)
17-21 June 2019
Incheon, Republic of Korea

Training: Managing projects focused on climate change using Result based management concepts and tools
19-23 June 2019
Bangkok, Thailand

Enhancing Capacity to Assess Climate Change Risks and Inform Transformative Resilience and Adaptation in Agriculture
17-19 July 2019 
Bangkok, Thailand

Asia Sustainable Reporting Summit
4-5 September 2019
Clarke Quay, Singapore

SNRD Asia’s Working Group Allowance has given many ideas wings!

During the Joint Face-to-Face Steering Group Meeting in Bangkok, the Steering Group members agreed that the method used to support the WG in developing their knowledge product in 2018 will be repeated in 2019 with a slight adjustment to streamline the process and allow sufficient time for the application of the fund.

Each WG is entitled to 5,000 Euro and 2,500 Euro for the Joint WG. Once approved by the Steering Committee, the fund is available to support the WGs activities as stated in their proposal. In case the WGs do not make use of this entitlement, the fund will flow to a common pool where other WGs can bid for. This ensures that all budget will not go to waste whereas for initiatives that may require a higher amount of money, this can be of a great helping hand.

To read this in full detail, see the official document here.

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Special Updates

Organisational Chart
as of April 2019

Joint Face-to-Face Steering Group Meeting SNRD Asia and the Pacific & TUEWAS


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


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The young people calling time on climate change in Asia Pacific

It’s been said that children are the future, but what happens when the next generation of humanity is threatened by environmental degradation? Young people in Asia Pacific are calling for climate action to reclaim their future.

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Exploring national and regional opportunities to strengthen wetlands policy framework in the Lower Mekong region

From 28-30 May 2019, government officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered in Bangkok to discuss the status and progress of wetland policies in the region.

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One-year countdown to world’s leading biodiversity event begins

“Biodiversity is now on the international agenda to the same degree as the fight against climate change. It is essential to create an international dynamic in favour of biodiversity, with increased awareness and the involvement of the general public.

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ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security in The ASEAN Region (SPA-FS) 2015-2020

ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems

Better Rice Initiative Asia: Capacity Development for Rice Cultivation


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Access and Benefit Sharing Monitoring Tool (ABS-MS)

UNESCO's commitment to biodiversity: connecting people and nature for an inspiring future

Agrobiodiversity and Resilience

ASEAN Guidelines on the Regulation, Use, and Trade of Biological Control Agents (BCA)

Newsletter for the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme on May 22, 2019

Climate Change Mitigation

Climate-Resilient Pathways: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainable Development

Climate Change and Agriculture

Rethinking the Limits of Climate Change Adaptation

Green Education

Environmental Education in Indian Perspectives

Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth, Green Jobs and the Greening of Economies in Asia–Case Study Summaries of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam

Hills to Ocean

Twelve Important Actions to Reduce Ocean Noise




Status, trends and future scenarios for forest conservation including protected areas in the Asia-Pacific region

CDP Indonesia Forest Report 2018: From risk to reward - Accelerating corporate action in the palm oil sector


Creating Connections: South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific

SDG Localization In ASEAN: Experiences In Shaping Policy And Implementation Pathways

GIZ offers a wide range of subject-specific and cross-sectoral learning experience through year-round trainings. See upcoming courses/selections which might be of your interest below.

  • Driving Sustainable Rice Cultivation: Understanding the SRP Standard and Performance Indicators (KE-SR)
    19-21 June 2019
    Public officials, development practitioners, private company representatives, NGOs, program managers, consultants, trainers, or related persons who will implement farmer outreach and farmer capacity building activities under registered SRP outreach programs
    * Priority seats will be given to persons from SRP member organizations who are directly engaged in implementing registered SRP outreach programs
    The training course will be held in English. A good command of English is required for effective learning.
  • Effective Communication and PR for Development Cooperation: How to utilize media and increase project visibility and outreach: English (SK-BP)
    26-30 August 2019
    Development cooperation practitioners from governmental, international, non-governmental organization Project manager, coordinator, and officers who responsible for communication & PR 
    ** This training doesn't focus on GIZ corporate principles and corporate design. If you are interested in those things, there is another training "Communicating projects strategically and effectively". 
  • Biodiversity Conservation for Human Well-Being (KE-BC) 
    This basic course has been designed for practitioners and technical staffs from government and sector ministries, NGOs and civil society, advisors and consultants. The training course will be held in English. A good command of spoken English is required for effective learning.

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