Dear readers,

Here it is, the second issue of 2022!
We are delighted to provide you with updates on our project activities along with insightful articles.

As always, we offer a few highlights from our projects. Under the spotlight in this issue is the "Thai Rice NAMA", a model project for low-emission rice production and sustainable farming in Thailand. Learn more about it here!

There are also other articles from the projects which we would like you to explore. They include a special interview with the fishermen of Nakhon Si Thammarat which reveals their views on marine plastic pollution, and a feature on the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) joining hands with GIZ to promote green cooling technology to achieve carbon neutrality, from which you will learn more about how the project has supported green cooling for the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning sector. Other articles cover the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) and GIZ signing an MoU to cooperate on working towards Thailand’s energy transition and an insight into how Thai palm oil production can be enhanced to meet global sustainability demands. Don’t miss them!

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Thailand marks key milestone in streamlining agricultural exports using ePhyto
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is supporting the Department of Agriculture (DOA)’s integration into the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) ePhyto Hub.
ePhyto is implemented through the National Single Window (NSW), an e-license system to support import and export information linkage between the public and private sectors, leading to making Thai exports more secure and cost-effective.
DOA launched the ePhyto system in February, starting with a pilot service for 22 commodities exported to China. The system has been operated in all countries from July onwards.
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Personal Data Protection in the Agriculture Sector

GIZ Thailand held the Personal Data Protection workshop for Thai rice researchers and officials of the Rice Department.
Highlights of this workshop included the interpretation of the Personal Data Protection Act 2562 B.E. (2019) (PDPA), the data protection issues in interacting work with farmers and data workers’ rights and duties.
This workshop aimed to enable proper and more concise data operation practices in the future, including farmer data collection, data management for agricultural research and the development of a farmer database.

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Enhancing Thai palm oil production to meet global sustainability demands
In 2021, 400 smallholders under the Sustainable and Climate-Friendly Palm Oil Production and Procurement (SCPOPP) project achieved the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification and connected to the global market.
Thai policymakers and business actors joined the “Second Business Forum: Road to Transforming the Sustainable Palm Oil Market in Thailand” to discuss how Thailand can meet the global demand for sustainable edible oils.
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Scaling up regenerative agriculture

Governmental and private agriculturists and agronomists organise a series of training sessions on regenerative agriculture for coconut farmers across four provinces in Thailand.
The master training is regarded as the project’s key step to transforming conventional practices towards regenerative organic practices aimed at reducing their impact on climate change and strengthening the livelihoods of farmers and local communities.

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EGAT joins hands with GIZ to promote green cooling technology to achieve carbon neutrality
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and GIZ Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation on Promotion and Enhancement of Green Cooling”.
Under the agreement, sustainable transformation for climate-friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies using natural refrigerants will be promoted and enhanced.
The implementation focuses on driving the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) sector in the country to achieve carbon neutrality and net zero-emission goals.
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EPPO and GIZ sign MoU on cooperation to work on Thailand’s energy transition
The Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) and GIZ Thailand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which both parties commit to cooperate in working on Thailand’s energy transition.
The implementation will focus on supporting EPPO in promoting and collaborating on Thailand’s energy transition to achieve the country’s carbon neutrality within 2050.
Currently, EPPO is responsible for developing and recommending national energy policies and plans, including energy-related measures and energy conservation.
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ASEAN endorses protocols in responding to public health emergencies
At the 15th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting, the two ASEAN protocols relating to public health emergencies, preparedness, and response were endorsed.
The development of these two protocols is supported by the “Strengthening Regional Initiatives in ASEAN on COVID-19 Response and other Public Health Emergencies” project.
These are the ASEAN Protocol for Cross-Border Contact Tracing and Rapid Outbreak Investigation, and the ASEAN Health Protocol for Pandemic Preventive Measures in Public Places including its operationalisation guidelines.
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How can ‘Water Funds’ enhance climate resilience for the Thai water sector?
A water fund is a financial instrument that can promote the conservation and maintenance of ecosystem services.
The development of a water fund can encourage the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into policies, plans and strategies.
Currently, Thailand’s regulatory water agency is assessing options to develop a Water Fund in order to assess the appropriate water fee collection and allocation process, to support good governance and transparency in water management.

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Training Facilitators to promote climate-sensitive river basin management in Thailand
A “Training of Facilitators” supported and promoted sustainability and the continuity of capacity building in climate risk and adaptation to river basin management in Thailand.
Participants learned about climate vulnerability risk assessments, Ecosystem-based Adaptation and river basin management.
In the training programme, the participants also acquired essential facilitator skills to run and facilitate climate-resilient water management training in the future.

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Options for restaurants and cafes to reduce single-use plastics in food delivery and takeaway
The Pollution Control Department (PCD) and the ‘Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter’ project hosted a workshop to discuss options and solutions to reduce single-use plastics in food delivery and takeaway.
These will be included in a set of guideline that is jointly being developed by the project and PCD and shall serve as an orientation for restaurants and cafes on how to reduce the use of single-use plastics in their operations.
The guideline is now in finalisation and is planned to be published by August 2022.
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Upstream solutions embedded in Thailand’s Plastic Waste Management Action Plan Phase II

The Pollution Control Department has prepared the Action Plan phase II (2022 – 2027) which focuses on an upstream Circular Economy to promote prevention and preparation for reuse measures.
The downstream approach (recycling, recovery and disposal measures) still remains in the Action Plan phase II, also pushing for better management of “post-consumption plastic management”.
The Collaborative Action for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in Southeast Asia (CAP SEA) project recommends setting a clear definition of a Circular Economy in the high-level policy objectives of Thailand. Measures and activities should be designed according to a Circular Economy Waste Hierarchy.
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BMUV-funded project “Scaling SCP” commissioned to promote ambitious sustainable consumption and production patterns
The “Scaling Sustainable Consumption and Production: Ecolabelling and Green Public Procurement (GPP) for a Low-Carbon Pathway in Southeast Asia” (Scaling SCP) is a regional project with the objective of reducing GHG emissions by scaling sustainable product policies.
In Thailand, the focus is on developing the GPP Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System and upgrading the Thai Green Label.
The project will pilot the roll-out of GPP with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), particularly by pioneering Green Cooling Air Conditioner procurement.

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Use of E-catalogues in Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) publication launched for mainstreaming SPP

Digital purchasing tools such as e-catalogues and e-marketplaces offer a means to mainstream sustainable purchasing.
These tools will help streamline Sustainable Public Procurement and make sustainable options more accessible to increase the amount of sustainable goods and services purchased by the public sector.

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Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an essential practice to help track the implementation and impact of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP).
The existence of M&E frameworks for SPP remains rare in practice, and where they do exist, they are often focused on process rather than impact.
This pre-study aims to contextualise existing guidance to those working on the enhancement of M&E system for SPP.
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Public Relation (PR) and Knowledge Management (KM) Specialist of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Hub (SCP Hub)
Financial Advisor of the Innovative Climate Risk Financing for the Agricultural Sector in ASEAN Project (Agri-Climate Risk Finance)
Office Manager of Regional Office
Administrative Assistant (Disability) of GIZ Office Thailand
Advisor for The Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen of the H2-Uppp Project
Project Assistant of The Thai-German Climate Programme - Agriculture Component (TGCP-Agri) and Thai Rice Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Project
Administrative Assistant of The Regenerative Organic Agriculture Project
Policy Advisor (Climate Mitigation) of The Climate, Coastal and Marine Biodiversity (CCMB) Project
Policy Advisor (Climate Finance) of The Climate, Coastal and Marine Biodiversity (CCMB) Project
Intern of Sector Networks
Intern for Renewable Energy of H2-Uppp project
Project Coordinator for GCI and TGC-EMC Decarbonization of Industry
Project Assistant for GCI and TGC-EMC Decarbonization of Industry
Advisor of the Climate, Coastal and Marine Biodiversity (CCMB) project
Project Assistant of the GIZ Food and Agriculture Cluster
Project Coordinator of Green Cooling Initiative for Thailand and Asia and Energy Efficiency in the Industry Component of Thai-German Cooperation on Energy, Mobility and Climate (TGC-EMC)
Project Advisor of Thai-German Climate Programme, Energy Project (TGCP-Energy) and Thai-German Cooperation on Energy, Mobility and Climate (TGC-EMC)
Project Assistant of the Mainstreaming Sustainable Rice through the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) project

Pariya Wongsarot
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