Dear Readers,
This newsletter is the first of 2019, and as usual, it presents updates on activities across the areas in which we are involved, among them agriculture and food security, climate change, urban & industrial development and more. We hope you will enjoy browsing through it as we move further into 2019.
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From food waste to fine dining
Thai-German Climate Programme - Waste

Agriculture & Food Safety

Rice farmers are key players in fight against climate change

  • Thai German Climate Programme– Agriculture project encourages farmers to shift towards low-emission rice production to fight against global warming.
  • “Laser land leveling” is a proven mitigation technology that helps reduce the amount of time and volume of water needed for rice planting.
  • Besides good taste and cheap prices, global consumers have started caring about food safety and environmentally friendly cultivation.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Agriculture
Bigger smiles from rice farmers at ‘Kula crying field’

  • Farmers learned new practices for better yields in training under the Sustainable Aromatic Rice Initiative Thailand project.
  • Farmers in Roi-Et province save production costs and reduce greenhouse gas impacts by controlling weeds, pests, fertiliser and soil fertility.
  • Participating farmers cut transportation costs by selling their rice paddy to the millers at collection points.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Agriculture

Climate Change

Green Climate Fund Thailand website launched: A one-stop-shop for Thailand’s engagement with GCF

  • The website contains useful information in relation to the Green Climate Fund and Thailand GCF procedures.
  • Useful publications are available for download in both Thai and English at
  • The website is developed by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning and GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme.
Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme II: Scaling up Thailand's climate finance readiness
COP24 Success: Nations agree on the Paris rulebook

  • The rulebook will turn the Paris Agreement into action.
  • The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning is working on a guideline for Thailand, translating modalities, procedures and guidelines adopted at COP 24.
  • Developed nations pledge additional funds for the Green Climate Fund.
Thai-German Climate Programme
Thai Tourism Industry on alert to Climate Change

  • Thai tourism agencies, associations and research houses are trained in and work on coping with the impacts of climate change on tourism.
  • Thailand’s key climate factors, ways of segmenting tourism systems, tourism priorities and key risk are identified.
  • Thailand ranked the 10th most popular destination in the world for tourists and the country with the 4th highest income from tourism in 2017.
Risk-based National Adaptation Plan


EU’S Switch Asia Programme enhances development of freight transport and logistics in the Mekong region

  • The “Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region” project exceeded its target by working with more than 500 SMEs.
  • The project has also successfully improved fuel saving and safe driving, the safe transport of dangerous goods and the development of business plans for access to finance.
Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region

Economics & Employment

Thai experts met to exchange cooperation experiences, focusing on results-based implementation with Sufficiency Economy Philosophy

  • Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) concept can be applied to any development work, but needs to be in line with context.
  • Applying the SEP to a project management is to “Find the real causes, not sticking to theories and engaging target groups”.
  • Application of Result-Based Management principles and tools help plan the project systematically, solve problems promptly and implement successfully.
Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation Programme
ASEAN recognises importance of in-company trainers in delivering high-quality technical and vocational training

  • More than 150 master trainers have been trained and in turn, have trained more than 1,000 in-company trainers in 8 countries over the past 5 years.
  • The Senior Officials Meeting on Education and the Senior Labour Officials Meeting’s Working Group on Progressive Labour Practices to Enhance the Competitiveness of ASEAN endorse the Standard for In-Company Trainers in ASEAN.
  • Public and private sector representatives review the past year’s progress and achievements and draft national action plans for 2019.
Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Quality and Labour Market Orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RECOTVET)

Urban & Industrial Development

As the Transport and Climate Change project closes its doors, Thailand's CO2 based excise tax shows first results

  • CO2 emissions from the transportation sector account for 19.2 per cent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in Thailand.
  • CO2 based excise tax boosted improvements in fuel consumption from 7.08 litres per 100 km in 2015 to 6.75 litres per 100 km in 2017 for all new cars sold.
  • With some reasonable adjustments to fuel economy policies, Thailand could more than double the impact of its policies and reduce an additional 4.75 million tonnes CO2 equivalent in 2030.
Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector in the ASEAN Region
Thai and Philippines academic institutions collaborate on Urban Nexus student exchange programme

  • Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology of the Philippines and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi of Thailand collaborate on student exchange.
  • The exchange programme allows students and professors from the two institutions to learn about and share ideas on housing design in the context of Thailand and the Philippines.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS
Indian Academia adopts Urban Nexus approach in their teamwork and coordination amongst institutions

  • Academia as entry point for the Urban Nexus approach.
  • Within the Nexus approach, not only are the Nexus sectors physically connected but they have to be institutionally linked.
  • The Nexus approach requires integration across levels of government, as well as across sectors.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS
India, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Vietnam learn to apply the Urban Nexus concept in the implementation of Global Agendas

  • India, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Vietnam presented the status of their Voluntary National Review and Nationally Determined Contribution preparations through “Market Place”.
  • National and local representatives used the Logical Framework to find solutions of institutional collaboration and sustainable financing.
  • Participants learned how to apply the Nexus approach in their implementation and reporting of the 2030 Agenda.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS

Good Governance

Continuing the trilateral dialogue on Alternative Development

  • Sustainable Alternative Development needs to put people at the center and requires collaboration from all levels.
  • Colombia and Thailand exchanged the approach of sustainable alternative development.
  • Outcomes of exchanges were presented to policymakers and implementers during a cooperation dialogue between Germany, Thailand and Colombia.
Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD)

29 April - 3 May 2019

Monitoring Results and Evaluation: Advance Training (RBME)

6 - 10 May 2019

Results-based Management Workshop: How to design and implement project effectively

27 - 31 May 2019

Effective Communication and PR for Development Cooperation: How to utilize media and increase project visibility and outreach: English