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This newsletter is the last for 2018, as usual, it presents updates on activities across the topics in which we are involved in, among them agriculture and food security, energy, waste management, urban & industrial development and more. We hope you will enjoy browsing through it as we move towards 2019.
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Thailand and Germany join up to support domestic wastewater management,
moving Thailand towards becoming a low carbon society
Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigation Thailand (WaCCliM)

Agriculture & Food Safety

Chainat Farmers pay less with greenhouse gas reduction farming method

  • Thai farmers save production costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using alternative technology.
  • Alternative wetting and drying is a new technology in management practice for rice farmers.
  • Chainat province is the pilot province using this new technology.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Agriculture

Climate Change

Adaptive spatial planning put in action to tackle climate change

  • Office and Natural Resources and Policy and Planning and Department of Public Works and Country & Town Planning discuss operational plan to support adaptive spatial planning.
  • A 5-year operational plan is laid out to incorporate climate adaptation actions into business-as-usual plans and budget.
  • Adaptive spatial guidelines are expected from 2 pilot areas as concrete results.
Risk-based National Adaptation Plan
Researchers support shaping Thailand's policy on food loss and waste

  • Food loss and food waste data in Thailand is relatively limited.
  • The Thai government targets 5% reduction in food loss and food waste from 2020 onwards.
  • The examples from the "Towards SDG 12.3 Food Loss and Waste" workshop can serve as a starting point for Thailand's data collection process.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Waste
More Ambitious Targets: Key takeaways from the public lecture on the IPCC Special Report

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report calls on countries to take on greater responsibilities to limit temperature increase.
  • "If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040," the IPCC finds.
  • Dr. Rosa T. Perez, a lead co-author of the report, said national pledges are not enough to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Climate Policy
Mobilising climate finance to implement the Thai Nationally Determined Contribution

  • Finance will be a major enabling factor to avoid increasing high environmental risks for communities and economies.
  • Thailand will need to mobilise domestic and international finance to achieve its mitigation and adaptation targets.
  • Mobilising the domestic budget and private investments to help respond to climate change is a key focus of the Thai government.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Climate Policy
Every detail counts: GIZ prepares Thailand for access to international climate fund

  • Thailand will need to have adequate institutions in place to meet all the requirements to gain access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
  • GIZ is supporting the Thai Environmental Fund in gaining access to GCF.
  • The Readiness programme helps develop national strategies for private sector involvement and Nationally Determined Contribution implementation framework.°C.
Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme


Ministry of Labour and GIZ cooperate on developing skill standards for handling natural refrigerants in Thailand

  • The Department of Skill Development (DSD) has cooperated with GIZ to develop the skills of technicians in the use of natural refrigerants.
  • GIZ will support DSD in transferring knowledge on the proper handling of natural refrigerants.
  • Target of 48 trained trainers across the country set with the expectation to disseminate knowledge to 2,000 technicians and other stakeholders within 2 years.
Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (RAC NAMA)
New energy tool to help Thai provinces optimise target energy mix

  • The Provincial Energy Modelling Tool is an energy modelling platform that helps make decisions on an optimised target energy mix.
  • The tool calculates energy scenarios based on Thai energy database.
  • Thai Provincial Energy offices can benefit from accurate demand and supply projections for their areas.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Energy

Economics & Employment

ASEAN business delegation prepares Technical and Vocational Education and Training strategy

  • ASEAN business delegation visits Germany to learn dual training system.
  • A regional learning process is initiated in order to strengthen business and industry cooperation in technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
  • Future ASEAN Agenda for TVET, a region-wide strategy, is to be developed by the regional working group.
Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Quality and Labour Market Orientation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RECOTVET)
Summary of the achievements of the "Support to Financial Audit for the State Audit Organisation of Lao PDR" project

  • 4 training modules for junior financial auditors and 1 basic accounting training course were developed.
  • These courses were used with a pilot group of 30 junior financial auditors and will be extended to cover other auditors in the future.
  • The training was moderated by 9 Lao trainers, who received training in training management from the State Audit of Thailand.
Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation Programme

Environment & Natural Resources

SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility kicks start new phase

  • SWITCH-Asia Sustainable Consumption and Production Facility launches second phase.
  • A regional networking event was held on the same day as the launch and will be organised annually.
  • The programme has reached more than 30,000 micro, small and medium enterprises in its operation, leading to major economic gains.
SWITCH-Asia Sustainable Consumption and Production Facility (SCP Facility)
Thai Water agencies join forces to discuss solutions for adaptation to climate change

  • Thailand's water-related agencies join hands to strengthen integrated water resources management at national and river basin level.
  • Government and private sector attend the first Operational Planning workshop.
  • The outcome of the workshop includes working groups and an operational plan.
Thai-German Climate Programme - Water

Urban & Industrial Development

India, Thailand and Vietnam to adopt Maximum Yield Technology in solid waste management

  • India, Thailand, and Vietnam participate in solid waste management training in Germany.
  • The solid waste management training focused on the concepts of the Circular Economy and Waste-to-Energy.
  • The training provided technical information and showed how German technology can be applied in the Asian context.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS
Mongolia learns from Germany to build waste incineration

  • Mongolia is planning an incineration plant.
  • The National Development Agency (NDA) advises the Mongolian Government on how to proceed on technological aspects and financing mechanisms.
  • A Mongolian Delegation from NDA and Ulan Bator Municipality visit Germany to learn solid waste management and waste incineration.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital city, plans to go green by 2050

  • Ulaanbaatar currently faces challenges in combating air pollution and transformation of the current energy system.
  • The study finds that photovoltaic and wind will be the main energy sources for Ulaanbaatar City in 2050.
  • Only 18-25% of energy will remain to be supplied by a highly efficient coal-fired power plant.
Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: the Urban NEXUS

18-22 MAR 2019

Effective Workshop Design and Moderation Techniques

29 APR - 3 MAY 2019

Monitoring Results and Evaluation: Advance Training (RBME)

29 APR - 3 MAY 2019

Project Cycle Management with LogFrame Tools