Dear Readers,

Here it is, the first issue of 2020! As you know, everyone is now facing the global coronavirus outbreak known as COVID-19. We hope all of you will have the power to fight off COVID-19. Just keep living in a conscious way.

The one thing you should not ignore is washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

In this issue, we always offer a few highlights from the projects, including the celebration of the RAC NAMA Fund achievement, a special interview with a big manufacturer migrating to 100% Natural Refrigerant by 2025 as well as the key results from the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25). Browse and enjoy reading!

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Take care of yourself and keep those hands washed!

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Your newsletter team
EGAT – MoNRE - GIZ hail achievement of RAC NAMA Fund, push for Thai refrigeration and air-con energy saving to reduce global warming
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Extra cash in pockets of many Thai rice farmers
Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA) moves into phase 2 to improve the livelihoods of farmers in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam and the quality of rice for consumers around the globe.
At least 35,000 rice farmers will be introduced to the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) standard for good practices to benefit themselves, consumers and the environment.
The ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of participating farmers and other rice stakeholders, while pushing rice farming towards the “sustainability level”.
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ASEAN continues to step up efforts for a smoother flow of agricultural goods
The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are being developed in Thailand for officers at a plant quarantine station to ensure consistency at the operational level in the import and export procedures.
The Facilitating Trade for Agricultural Goods in ASEAN (FTAG) Project was implemented to align the regulatory framework and procedures to speed up and ease trading in agricultural commodities.
FTAG Project main focus is to ensure that traded goods are free from quarantine pests and diseases and safe for consumers.
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Potential of Oxbow lakes ecosystems in Yom river basin assessed for mitigating flood and drought risks
Oxbow lakes could be used for flood and drought management.
Stakeholder dialogue and public participation are strongly encouraged in the decision-making and planning processes in accordance with community interests and local needs.
Ecosystem-based adaptation solutions are low-cost measures providing multiple benefits, not only for the environment and biodiversity but also for the livelihoods of local communities.
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Picking Berlin and London’s brains to design the Bangkok Clean Air Zone
The GIZ’s facilitating the development of ambitious transport mitigation action plans (TRANSfer III) project is implementing the Bangkok Clean Air Zone to reduce air pollution.
The project organised a study tour to Berlin and London to gain first-hand experience on Low Emission Zones and Congestion Charging.
The project will be supporting the Thai Transport Ministry and the Bangkok City Administration in the next steps of designing the Clean Air Zone and reforming the bus network.
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ASEAN’s vocational teacher training institutions witness launch of the second series of In-Service Training towards “Fit for Industry 4.0”
More than 100 Multipliers are currently being trained in the ASEAN region. They have trained almost 600 TVET teachers at the national level.
The second batch of Training Modules of Multipliers will take place in the ASEAN region from May to June 2020 so that each country can apply the knowledge gained from the training.
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Academy for International Cooperation - AIZ Bangkok
During the COVID-19 situation, it is difficult for us all to gather physically and learn something together. But the learning will never stop. The Academy for International Cooperation - AIZ Bangkok will launch a blended learning programme to strengthen our training portfolio soon. This programme will consist of our classic in-class training with the integration of online training. The training will start with online sessions, participants will come together without traveling to the training venues in Bangkok. They will access the live sessions through an online platform, and trainers will provide content, guidance, and exercises for participants to work individually and in groups. For our classic in-class training, participants will later meet each other in a group setting in our training venues in Bangkok to collaborate their knowledge and skills. They will receive direct support from our trainer and interact with each other to share good practices.

The first pilot-blended learning is “Effective Workshop Design and Moderation Technique”. The classic in-class part of this blended programme will take place once the COVID-19 situation is better and safe for participants to travel. For more information please contact and follow our Facebook for any updates here
17 - 19 June 2020
Impact Story Writing
13 - 15 July 2020
Empowering Women for Leadership
20 - 24 July 2020
Project Cycle Management with LogFrame Tool

Pariya Wongsarot
Public Relations and Communications Officer


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