Dear Readers,

Here it is, the first issue of 2021! We are pleased to start the year with lots of interesting news. Our January - March edition of the newsletter can be found here. Click on the link below to see what has happened and what’s happening now.

The insights and perspectives expressed in the articles in this newsletter form the foundation for and showcase how GIZ Thailand and its partners are making a difference in ensuring a better environment, economy, society as well as improving the lives of people.

As always, we offer a few highlights from the projects including the launch of the “Moving and powering the future” event held in Bangkok and Khon Kaen. The exhibition at the event featured energy and transport transitions from the current status quo of Thailand’s energy and transport sectors to a smart, integrated, resilient and climate proofed future. It also demonstrated the best approaches from Thailand and Germany through thematic exhibits and interactive boards. Other articles include Thailand and Germany signing an MoU for the implementation of the Project on “Upscaling Sanitizer Production in Thailand and Promoting Hand Hygiene”, EU SWITCH-Asia’s programme to pilot the draft Green Integration Policy for Thailand and growing climate and farmer friendly coconuts through the Regenerative Coconuts Agriculture (ReCAP) project and much more. Browse and enjoy reading!

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The Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment signed a Statement of Undertaking on Nitric Acid Climate Action Group (NACAG) with the German Embassy Bangkok to phase out nitrous oxide (N2O) emission.
N2O is one of the climate super-pollutants and is 265 times more harmful than CO2.
The implementation will focus on the installation of abatement technology, capacity building, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation.
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New local approaches to tackle the plastic waste challenge launched

The Pollution Control Department and GIZ under the ‘Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter’ project launched the new pilot projects to tackle plastic waste in Phuket, Rayong and Trang.
The pilots aim to reduce and avoid plastic waste and to better segregate, collect, sort and recycle it until February 2022.

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“I-PALM” application to boost sustainable palm oil cultivation standard is ready to use
The Sustainable and Climate-Friendly Palm Oil Production and Procurement project launches
the “i-PALM” mobile application to help Thai oil palm smallholders boost productivity.
Smallholders equipped with such data as the suitable amount of fertiliser to use and the harvesting period will be able to improve oil palm management.
More than 3,200 oil palm smallholders in Chumphon, Surat Thani, and Krabi have been trained to utilise the application.
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Thailand Oil Palm Smallholder Academy (TOPSA) has been designed to meet the global sustainability standard, particularly the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Up to 320 trainers comprising lead farmers and local extension officials have been trained by TOPSA.
The trainers can pass on knowledge about sustainable palm oil cultivation to over 3,000 farmers.

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One important step to implementing Sustainable Rice Production in Thailand
The Rice Department and GIZ are gearing up to promote sustainable rice production in the Central Plains and the Northeast.
Rice production using the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) Standard solves the problems faced by farmers, producers, communities on a global scale.
Promoting sustainable rice production is implemented through producing key speakers which is one solution to help build food security and reduce global warming.

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Connecting farmers to sustainable rice supply chains and beyond
The market-oriented smallholders value chain Thailand project enhances capacity building among farmers and systemising sustainable rice cultivation practices.
The project was piloted in Ubon Ratchathani province, which has the largest rice growing area of 4.1 million rai. It was later expanded to cover Surin and Si Sa Ket provinces.
Up to 60,000 tonnes of unmilled and export-quality Thai Hom Mali Rice are produced under the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) this year.
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The Race to Zero – Triggering a green cooling transition
From environmental regulatory pressures to COVID-19 and rising energy costs, there has never been a better time for end users to invest in green cooling technology.
Market acceptance for green cooling technologies is set to grow further as major multinational brands either mandate or recommend the use of low-carbon-footprint equipment.
In 2030, approximately 100,000 commercial refrigerators with green cooling technology using natural refrigerants have arrived on the Thai market, making up about a 30% market share.
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EGAT – EEI – GIZ drive green air-con technology forward with the upgrade of testing lab for natural refrigerant technology
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Electrical and Electronics Institute (EEI) and GIZ organised the “Opening Ceremony and Demonstration of Testing Facility for Air-Conditioners for Natural Refrigerant Technology” event.
The aim is both to launch the newly upgraded facility and to inform the public and private sectors of the new TIS 1529-2561 standard on the safety of air-conditioners using flammable refrigerants.

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Thailand - Germany sign MoU for upscaling sanitizer production and promoting hand hygiene

The Healthcare Accreditation Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), B. Braun (Thailand) Ltd. and GIZ upscale sanitizer production and promote hand hygiene in Thailand.
This collaboration aims to improve the COVID-19 prevention capacity of healthcare personnel at 50 healthcare facilities in high-risk zones and low-income farmers in rural communities.

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Thai Water stakeholders strengthen knowledge on Integrated Water Resources Management
The Thai-German Climate Programme-Water and the Office of National Water Resources have developed a Capacity Development Programme (CDP) for water sector stakeholders.
This programme aims to strengthen the integration of climate change aspects and the application of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures in river basin planning and implementation.
In Phase 1, participants familiarised with the concepts of climate-sensitive Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and EbA as strategies for building climate resilience.
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» Rice Value Chain Junior Advisor of Market Oriented Smallholder Value Chain (MSVC) in Thailand Project
» Project Coordinator Thailand of Collaborative Actions for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in South-East Asia
  (CAP SEA) Project

» Public Relation (PR) and Knowledge Management (KM) coordinator of Collaborative Actions for Single-Use
   Plastic Prevention in South-East Asia (CAP SEA) Project

» Technical Advisor/Expert of climate policy component under the Thai-German Climate Programme
» Intern of TRANSfer III – Facilitating the development of ambitious transport mitigation actions Project
» Project Advisor Secretariat of the programme “Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia”
» Regional Advisor of the programme “Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia”
» Senior Advisor Thai Rice NAMA Finance
» Project Assistant: Partner coordination of the programme “Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy for
   Southeast Asia”

» SRP Communications Officer of Mainstreaming Sustainable Rice through the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP)

» Technical Advisor/Expert of Thai-German Climate Programme (TGCP Policy)
» Intern of Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter Project
» SRP Standard and Assurance Officer of Mainstreaming Sustainable Rice through the Sustainable Rice
   Platform (SRP) Project

» Intern of the project “Collaborative Actions for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in South-East Asia (CAP SEA)”

Pariya Wongsarot
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