Dear Readers,
Christmas is finally here, and it’s a time for many of us to take a deep breath, relax, look back on the past year and also look forward to the future.
This last quarter has seen quite a few highlights, including the celebration of the 10 Years of cooperation on climate and the environment, the “Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter” project launch and the ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) 2019.

Also of note is that the training system of the Academy For International Cooperation (AIZ) Bangkok is being upgraded. We will keep you updated on the registration of the new courses next year. Please stay tuned!

Happy Holidays everyone! Here’s to making the next year a good one!

We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a “Happier” New Year.

Best regards,
Your newsletter team
Thailand and Germany celebrate 10 Years of Cooperation on Climate and Environment, boosting forces to combat climate change

Agriculture & Food Safety

Growing rice with fewer resources is possible

  • Most Thai farmers still have a misconception that the more resources are used in the rice field, the greater the products will be.
  • Sustainable Aromatic Rice Initiative (SARI) – Thailand Project supports Thai farmers in northeast of Thailand on Sustainable Rice Cultivation with the Laser Land Levelling (LLL) technique and drum seeder technology.
  • These water-and-energy-saving technologies will help farmers use water more effectively and reduce their costs for pesticides, petrol and labour.
Sustainable Aromatic Rice Initiative (SARI) – Thailand
Souls from the South: Making oil palm plantations sustainable is the ‘only way forward’

  • At present, only 19 per cent of palm oil worldwide is produced in line with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard while in Thailand, only 2 per cent of sustainable palm oil has been produced.
  • Sustainable Palm Oil Production for Bioenergy, a joint project between the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and GIZ Thailand, aims to push for wider adaptation of the RSPO standard among oil palm small-scale growers in the South.
  • The project has supported the RSPO manual, RSPO memberships for farmers, audit assessment and markets for RSPO certified growers.
Sustainable and Climate-Friendly Palm Oil Production and Procurement (SCPOPP) in Thailand


KMUTNB boosts training for green cooling transition

  • The “Safe Use and Handling of Flammable Refrigerants” is the first training course organised in Thailand.
  • King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) organises the training to prepare technicians, vocational teachers and chief trainers to handle the flammable refrigerants safely.
  • By the year 2020, about 200 trainers are expected to be trained throughout Thailand.
Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA)

Waste & Natural Resources Management

Joint efforts for an ocean free of plastics

  • The project ’Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter’ is now working with seven countries in East and South East Asia.
  • The project supports a transition towards a circular economy for plastics to reduce plastic waste leakage into the sea.
  • Its activities cover the management of plastic waste, sustainable consumption and production as well as the reduction of litter from sea-based sources.
Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter
ONEP and ONWR intensify cooperation to mainstream climate change adaptation into the Thai water sector

  • Discussions emphasise the importance of enhanced cooperation to implement the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in Thailand’s water management.
  • Integrated climate and risk information as well as data sharing among agencies are key to the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation.
Thai-German Climate Programme – Water
In fighting global warming, the most important weapon is knowledge about Climate Change

  • The Office of National Water Resources and the Thai-German Climate Programme - Water assessed the capacity development needs of River Basins.
  • River Basin Committees (RBCs) prioritised geographical and climate prediction data as key to succeeding in water resources management.
  • RBCs need to develop communication techniques, coordination skills, stakeholder management and knowledge of climate funding sources.
Thai-German Climate Programme – Water

Good Governance & Vocational Training

Human resource development for the 4th Industrial Revolution is emphasised at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2019

  • The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2019 aims to prepare ASEAN members for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
  • With ASEAN facing skilled labour shortages, investment in skills-based training is needed.
  • The cooperation of the private sector with governments and educational institutions is crucial to success in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Quality and Labour Market Orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RECOTVET)
First companies recognised in skills development category of the ASEAN Business Award

  • The Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Quality and Labour Market Orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training initiated the Skills Development Award together with ASEAN Business Advisory Council.
  • The first ASEAN-wide winners of the Skills Development Award are Dicoding from Indonesia and Sea Lion Co. Ltd. from Myanmar.
  • This award is evidence of the strength of labour skills to cope with Industry 4.0 and competition in the ASEAN market.
Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Quality and Labour Market Orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RECOTVET)
6 ASEAN countries meet to intensify green skills and vocational disciplines in Regional TVET Teacher Standard

  • The meeting aimed to review the revised Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Teacher Standard.
  • It helped enhance key competencies in the fields of changing world of work, life-long learning, green skills and vocational disciplines.
  • The specified competencies will enable the TVET departments to create a road map and study programmes to produce qualified TVET teachers.
Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Quality and Labour Market Orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RECOTVET)
Strengthening the capacity of senior hospital management, boosting the occupational safety of healthcare workers

  • The Healthcare Accreditation Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), GIZ Thailand and B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd. organised “Capacity Building for Senior Hospital Management for Healthcare Personnel Safety”.
  • The training incorporated the operation plan for occupational safety through hand hygiene, safety in chemotherapy and safe infusion methods.
  • The training will result in the establishment of a framework, guidelines and policy on healthcare personnel safety in the pilot hospitals.
Improving Occupational Safety for Healthcare Workers in Public Hospitals in Thailand