GMS in the News

Climate-resilient infrastructure protected the rice fields and improved livelihood opportunities in the area. Photo credit: National Project Coordination Office Project Team, Department of Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Securing Lives and Livelihoods in Southern Vientiane through Climate Mitigation

Farmers are managing seasonal floods and droughts better, thanks to a modern irrigation system, flood-proof road, and disaster risk control measures.

A reinvigorated multilateralism can and must respond faster to take on new challenges and expand provision of public goods.

Combating COVID-19 and Ensuring No One is Left Behind - Bambang Susantono, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Kanni Wignaraja

If the world wants to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure no one is left behind in the recovery, two issues thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic need attention: digitalization and regional cooperation.

The Government of Japan's Grant is the first seed financing to be announced for the Energy Transition Mechanism, which is being studies and piloted in Southeast Asia, starting with Indonesia and the Philippines.

Japan Announces $25 Million for ADB-Led Energy Transition Mechanism in Southeast Asia

The Government of Japan today announced a grant of $25 million toward the Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM) partnership led by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

New ADB Facility to Help Southeast Asia Revive Tourism and Boost Sustainable, Inclusive Investments

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has set up a $1.7 million technical assistance facility to accelerate Southeast Asia’s tourism recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, boost inclusive, sustainable development in the sector, and help local tourism entrepreneurs, especially women and youth, adopt digital platforms to grow their businesses.


Soeung Bunthoeun, 66, is one of the Agricultural Cooperative Sangha Phal community members in Prey Sangha Village, Kgnach Romeas commune, Bavel district in Battambang province. Photo by Chor Sokunthea/ ADB. 

Climate-smart Agriculture in the context of the Water-Food-Energy Nexus

The workshop “Climate-smart Agriculture in the context of the Water-Food-Energy Nexus” will be held on 24 March 2022, supported by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program (TA 9916). TA 9916 aims to contribute to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) assistance on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus and assist in promoting cooperation across the GMS in efforts to reduce Nexus trade-offs.

GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program Inception Workshop

The GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program (CCESP) Inception Workshop was held online on 23–24 September 2021, which gathered more than 100 participants from the different GMS countries. The workshop was co-hosted and co-chaired by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). The event formally marks the start of the implementation of ADB's TA 9915 or the GMS CCESP.