Proceedings of the Development Partners Meeting on GMS Biofuels and Rural Renewable Energy

Publication | March 2009

The GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP) endorsed by the GMS Agriculture Ministers' Meeting in 2007 outlines the key objectives, program components, and indicative projects for subregional cooperation to be pursued by the Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) between 2006-2010. One of the 5 components of the CASP is the enhancement of capacity in agriculture science and technology. The development of biofuels and rural renewable energy is one of the priority projects identified under this component. At the Third GMS Summit held in March 2008, the GMS Leaders issued a number of directives for future action under the priority sectors of cooperation of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program. In the agriculture sector, the Leaders directed the implementation of the GMS initiative on biofuels and rural renewable energy development. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), with technical and funding support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), commissioned the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to do a study that developed short-, medium-, and long-term development strategies, a policy framework for RRE and biofuels development in the subregion, and an action plan covering further analysis/evaluation studies, pilot demonstration projects, research and development, and capacity building and training. The draft Strategic Framework and Action Plan on RRE Development in the GMS resulting from the study was endorsed at a regional workshop held immediately preceding the 5th Meeting of the WGA held in September 2008.

A Development Partners' Meeting on Biofuels and Rural Renewable Energy was held at the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand on 5 March 2009, morning. Participants included senior officials from the GMS countries (Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), and representatives of FAO, IFAD, and ADB. The objectives of the Development Partners' Meeting were to: (i) review the findings, recommendations, and lessons learned from the GMS study on biofuels and RRE and discuss forward-looking strategies and next steps; (ii) share experiences on ongoing initiatives on biofuels and RRE; and (iii) explore potential areas of collaboration and investment options in biofuels and RRE development.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Introductory Remarks
  • Status and Progress of the GMS Biofuels and Rural Renewable Energy Initiative: Recommendations of the Study and Regional Strategic Framework
  • FAO TCP Project "Integrating Community-level Perspectives into GMS Bioenergy Policies: Project Rationale, Design and Timeline"
  • Open Forum: "Lessons Learned and the Way Forward: Regional and Country Perspective"
  • Gap Analysis and Results Matrix on Next Steps
  • Closing Remarks