Dear Readers,

The New Year holiday season is approaching, and it’s a time for many of us to relax, look back on the past year and also look forward to the future.

There have been quite a few highlights in this last quarter, among them the “WE CHANGE Climate Change” event, the kickoff workshop of the Collaborative Action for Prevention of single-use plastic in Southeast Asia (CAP-SEA) project to tackle single-use plastic, the “Love the Earth” rice field, a path to reducing greenhouse gases in rice production in Suphan Buri and sharing knowledge and experiences in combatting sexual harassment. And, as ever, there is much more to browse and enjoy!

Happy Holidays everyone! Here’s to making the next year a good one! Have a safe trip and don’t forget to take good care of yourself because COVID-19 is still around us!

We wish you a “Happier” New Year.

Best regards,
Your newsletter team

Draft analysis of Green Public Procurement and Ecolabels of countries in the region to unlock green business
Sustainable public procurement and eco-labels have gained significant importance in the Southeast Asian region in recent years.
The Proliferation of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia – the Next 5 Countries project is conducting an analytic study of the Green Public Procurement (GPP) and Ecolabel landscape.
The study aims to review and analyse the current situation of GPP in Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
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GIZ teams up with public and private partners to reduce Single Use Plastic in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia
Thailand is adopting the Circular Economy (CE) model in its national agenda as an instrument to prevent Single Use Plastic (SUP).
The Collaborative Action for Single-Use Plastic prevention in Southeast Asia (CAP-SEA) project supports the Thai government to designing a SUP prevention policy framework including the CE plastic roadmap, eco-design and CE product standards.
CAP-SEA will pilot SUP prevention on Phuket island to test alternative eco-friendly solutions for SUP products through public-private partnerships.
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New Country Director of GIZ Thailand and Malaysia pays a courtesy call on Director General of the Pollution Control Department
The Pollution Control Department shared a national strategy on environmental protection, waste management and climate change during a courtesy visit by GIZ.
GIZ strategy is in line with the national policy towards environmental sustainability.
Both parties see the opportunities for the future cooperation on municipal solid waste management, air pollution and marine litter projects.
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Saving electricity, reducing carbon footprints with natural refrigerants

Natural refrigerants are substances that exist naturally in the environment and do not harm the ozone layer and have a very low zero global warming potential (GWP).
They are considered the definitive solution to environmental damage.

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GIZ joins with public and private partners to expand export market for sustainable Thai Hom Mali Rice
The MoU signing by farmers, rice producers, mills and Olam (Thailand) Co., Ltd., highlights the rice purchase from farmers and reflects cooperation in rice production according to sustainable rice standards through farming techniques that help reduce costs and global warming.
In 2020, more than 10,000 farmers in Ubon Ratchathani and Surin provinces have been trained on the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation.
The project aims to connect approximately 60,000 tons of Hom Mali rice produced according to sustainable rice standards with the market.

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Visit to the “Love the Earth” Rice Field: A path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in rice cultivation
Officers from provincial rice research centres collect gas samples from the demonstration plot in Suphan Buri which will then be analysed by gas chromatograph equipment. The results will be used for the Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of the rice sector.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Rice Department and GIZ held a Q & A session to share experiences from mitigation technique implementation.
The Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) and the Laser Land-Leveling (LLL) help the plants be stronger and more resistant to diseases, as well as reduce problems with pests and rats.
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Providing farmers’ with disaster risk strategies to drive food security

Participants from government representing the agriculture and insurance sectors of the 10 ASEAN Member States together with private sector met in a webinar to enhance capacity in developing disaster risk financing strategies.
In 2021, they are planning to promote agriculture insurance within the region and develop draft regional guidelines on agriculture insurance.
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Agriculture sector prepares for quality control of GHG Inventory data for Thailand’s Biennial Transparency Report
Quality Control (QC) of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs) inventory data is a part of the Measurement, Reporting and Verification procedure.
The GHG emissions inventory must be transparent, accurate, complete, comparable and consistent (TACCC) to meet the requirements of the Biennial Transparency Report (BTR).

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Climate change cooperation and COVID-19 impact meeting

International development organisations and Thai government agencies shared knowledge on the challenges of and response to the COVID-19 outbreak such as the loss of jobs in the tourism sector and the increase in single-use plastics.
On the other hand, the COVID-19 outbreak has led to the greater use of digital tools in work and less travel for work, resulting in lower carbon emissions.
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The Future is Now: Using Foresight to strengthen the development of climate policies and Thailand’s future development scenarios
Policy makers and experts attended a lecture on Foresight technique to develop a long-term strategy for low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission and climate-resilient development.
The foresight science will allow policy makers to consider all related aspects to formulate future development scenarios.

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» Project Assistant of Value Chain in Central Plain Project (VACHA) and Sustainable Aromatic Rice
   Initiative Project (SARI)

» Office Manager of Reducing plastic waste and marine litter in East and South East Asia – Supporting a
   transition to a circular economy in the region Project (Marine Litter)

» Maid of Thai-German Climate Program – Agriculture Component (TGCP-Agriculture)
» Driver/ Office Assistant of GIZ Office Bangkok
» Technical Advisor of the project “TRANSfer III - Facilitating the development of ambitious transport
   mitigation actions”

» Intern of the project “Collaborative Actions for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in South-East Asia (CAP SEA)”
» SRP Advocacy and Training Officer of Mainstreaming Sustainable Rice through the Sustainable Rice Platform
   (SRP) Project


Pariya Wongsarot
Public Relations and Communications Officer


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Tel. 02 661 9273
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