Sustainable and Smart Tourism Development in the Mekong Region

BACKGROUND The Mekong region is among the world’s most visited travel destinations, having welcomed more than 70 million tourists in 2018 alone. As the tourism industries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand are helping promote economic growth, generate employment, and foster peaceful societies, their governments are increasing efforts to pursue a more balanced, …

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Promoting Creative Industry for Heritage Tourism Development in the Mekong Region (Creative4Mekong)

Promoting Creative Industry for Heritage Tourism Development in the Mekong Region” or (Creative4Mekong) BACKGROUND The creative industry plays a vital role in boosting the cultural tourism sector in the Mekong countries, significantly contributing to their economies. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted this sector. Heritage sites, in particular, are experiencing slower recovery compared to …

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Promotion of Crop Insurance in ASEAN through the Public and Private Partnership

Promotion of Crop Insurance in ASEAN through the Public and Private Partnership BACKGROUND The Vision and Strategic Plan for ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture, and Forestry (2016-2025) highlights the goal of building a resilient and sustainable agriculture sector. To address challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters in the crop sector of ASEAN, crop …

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Regional Training Comprehensive Human Resource Development for the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation

Regional Training Comprehensive Human Resource Development for the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation BACKGROUND The Lancang-Mekong (LM) Region has immense economic potential and rich natural resources. As many as 75 million people live within the Mekong River Basin area and approximately 1.6 billion throughout the region. This region is experiencing some of the fastest economic growth rates in …

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Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture Technologies and Innovations in Lower Mekong Countries

Promoting Climate-Smart Agriculture Technologies and Innovations in Lower Mekong Countries BACKGROUND The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), known for its rapid economic growth, faces significant challenges like poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation, which have been further intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation underscores the importance of regional cooperation. Predominantly agricultural and home to numerous small-scale …

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Upstream Single-use Plastics Reduction Solutions for Khon Kaen’s Street Food Complexes

Upstream Single-use Plastics Reduction Solutions for Khon Kaen’s Street Food Complexes BACKGROUND The daily consumption of single-use plastic bags (SuPB) in Thailand is 500 million bags/day. Landfill is the disposal site for solid waste and many SuPB litter the land and enter tributaries of main rivers in Thailand, discharging plastic waste into oceans. Khon Kaen …

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Scaling-Up Digital Connectivity for Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Lancang-Mekong Countries for Post-Pandemic Resilience

Scaling-Up Digital Connectivity for Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Lancang-Mekong Countries for Post-Pandemic Resilience BACKGROUND Prioritizing digital connectivity and digital economy in MSMEs sector as key element of post-pandemic resilience in LMC. Regional cooperation plays an important role in support MSMEs to participating digital transformation. Existing of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation focus on digital …

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Fostering Digital Connectivity in the Lancang-Mekong Countries

Fostering Digital Connectivity in the Lancang-Mekong Countries BACKGROUND Faced with COVID-19 pointing out digital divide in the region as an urgent concern, day-to-day technology with digital connectivity and e-commerce platforms are emerging as important drivers to connect Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Lancang-Mekong Countries to domestic and global markets. At present, MSMEs in …

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Triangular Cooperation Project on Sustainable Development in the Lower Mekong Basin based on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus (ROK-UNOSSC Facility: Phase 3)

Triangular Cooperation Project on Sustainable Development in the Lower Mekong Basin based on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus (ROK-UNOSSC Facility: Phase 3) BACKGROUND Outcome 3 of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) South-South Strategic Framework (2018-2021) relates to the South-South and triangular cooperation partnership and demand-driven programs facilitated to address the sustainable development needs of …

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ASEAN-CRN Secretariat Facilitator to support for ASEAN-CRN and ANGA   

ASEAN-CRN Secretariat Facilitator to support for ASEAN-CRN and ANGA BACKGROUND The ASEAN-German Cooperation Project, “Promotion of Sustainable Agricultural Value Chain in ASEAN” (ASEAN AgriTrade), commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is supporting relevant ASEAN working group, networks in the organisation and/or engagement in climate relevant meetings, or in sector …

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