Dear Readers,
In this second quarter of 2018, we are pleased to introduce our new Thai- German Climate Programme. As usual, we report on a range of activities across all fields, among them climate change, wastewater management, urban & industrial development and more.
Also of note is that GIZ Training Services Bangkok has added some new courses for the coming month. Check them out at

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Germany invests THB 690 million in new Thai climate programme
Thai-German Climate Programme

Agriculture & Food Safety

Climate change adaptation planned in rice production systems in the Chaopraya river basin

  • Rice production systems in the Chaopraya river basin are facing risks from both weather and socio-economic changes.
  • The implementation of a holistic systems-approach based on agro-ecozones would decrease the impacts of climate risks on farmers.
  • Better management of water resources for irrigation and placing the farmers at the centre of policy-making considerations are suggested.
Risk-based National Adaptation Plan

Climate Change

Thailand and Germany discuss further cooperation on Climate Change

  • Thailand and Germany exchange current climate change priorities.
  • Climate action can only be successful if living conditions are improved worldwide and production and consumption patterns are changed.
  • The implementing agencies and Thai government counterparts identified options for synergies and support, and clarified the needs and priorities.
Thai-German Climate Programme
ONEP and GIZ continue integration of the climate change policy implementation at the subnational level

  • GIZ has supported the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) by driving climate change policy to implementation in 60 provinces in Thailand.
  • Each organisation requires good preparation, a clear process model, a determined role and responsibilities as well as continuous monitoring and evaluation.
  • ONEP and GIZ discussed on the establishment of a working group, the preparation of guidelines for joint action and budget.
Thai-German Climate Programme
High-level talk on climate change adaptation planning in human settlements and security

  • The Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and GIZ held high level talks on possible collaborations for adaptive urban planning and climate resilience.
  • City development and planning stakeholders identified decision-making tools, structural and non-structural adaptation strategies and measures.
  • Stakeholders discussed the opportunities for integrating climate risks into planning.
Risk-based National Adaptation Plan

Environment & Natural Resources

Four ASEAN countries prepped to improve Ecolabels and Green Public Procurement

  • Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand draft the national social standards criteria for Type-I Ecolabels and Green Public Procurement.
  • Sustainable Development Goals are the key to reducing global poverty and already include Social Aspects within them.
  • Examples of Social Aspects in Type-I Ecolabels and Green Public Procurement that need to be regulated are fair salary and working hours, safety and healthy living conditions, and health and safety for consumers.
Advancing and Measuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low-Carbon Economy in Middle-Income and Newly Industrialized Countries (Advance SCP)
EGAT visits GIZ head office in Germany for Thai-German dialogue on green cooling cooperation

  • The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) shared with the GIZ Head Office the progress of the implementation of the RAC NAMA fund.
  • The delegates learned about heat-pump technology for which natural refrigerant is used during their visit to the office building.
Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA)
EGAT shares implementation of RAC NAMA Fund at the Bonn Climate Change Conference

  • EGAT shared information about the financial support and outlined the functions of the RAC NAMA Fund in the session “Enhancing Financial Ambition in NAMAs and Climate Mitigation”.
  • The RAC NAMA Fund provides financial support to promote natural refrigerants.
  • EGAT designed the Fund for both the demand and supply sides.
Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA)
ECAM tool gears up water sector towards achieving greenhouse gas reduction target

  • Treatment of municipal wastewater accounts for 47.5% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Thailand’s waste sector.
  • ECAM (Energy Performance and Carbon Emissions Assessment and Monitoring Tool) was developed for GHG emissions and energy performance assessment as well as improving operational efficiency in reducing CO2 emissions in the water and wastewater sectors.
  • This web-based tool also enables utilities to identify areas of improvement and evaluate solutions and scenarios for developing a feasible carbon reduction strategy.
Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigation Thailand (WaCCliM)

Urban & Industrial Development

Technology on climate-change resilient pilot housing transferred to Bicol region, Philippines

  • Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology provided training on Climate-Change Resilient Pilot Housing (CCRPH) for private local developers and local governments in the Philippines.
  • The CCRPH will benefit low-income families living in cities.
  • The CCRPH has received certification from the Accreditation of Innovative Technologies for Housing of the Philippine National Housing Authority and obtained a Kamagong (highest) rating from the Philippine Green Building Initiative.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS
Urban Nexus Training and Training of Trainers concluded in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

  • The National Development Agency and the Urban Nexus project organised a workshop on Urban Nexus and training of trainers.
  • Specific tools for analysing the six major urban challenges of Ulaanbaatar City were introduced and the solutions elaborated using the urban nexus approach.
  • The linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Nationally Determined Contributions and Mongolia’s Sustainable Development Vision through the Nexus approach were highlighted.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS


GIZ gears up to digitalisation to leverage its potential

  • GIZ staff working in the natural resources, rural development, transport, environment, energy and water sectors in Asia gathered in Bangkok for the “Sector Network Conference of SNRD Asia and TUEWAS”.
  • Held on the theme “Going Digital – Unleashing the Potential for SNRD Asia and TUEWAS”, key discussions focused on: (1) what digitalisation means for development cooperation, and (2) how it enhances potential.
  • Interactive conference application “Wisembly” was used to engage with the audience in the hall.
The Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia and The Sector Network Transport, Environment, Energy and Water in Asia

9-13 JULY 2018

Monitoring Results and Evaluation: Advance Training

23-26 JULY 2018

Leadership Foundation: Managing International Teams

6-10 AUGUST 2018

Effective Training Design and Management