Log in
E-mail
Password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON

MarketScreener Homepage  >  News  >  Economy & Forex  >  All News

News : Economy & Forex
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance ProfessionalsCalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies / ForexCryptocurrenciesEconomic EventsPress releases

ADB - Asian Development Bank : Mekong Countries Seek Greater Cooperation on Green Agriculture

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
0
04/02/2013 | 03:08am EDT

Agriculture and environment officials from GMS countries met to discuss ways to conserve land and water resources while increasing the productivity and profitability of agriculture.

XIENGKHOUANG, LAO PDR - Senior agriculture and environment officials from the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries met today to discuss environmentally sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in the region.

Agriculture remains the backbone of economies in the GMS and directly supports the livelihoods of nearly 200 million people. However, agriculture gains have come at the expense of the environment, causing forest and biodiversity loss, water pollution and shortages, soil degradation, and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Agriculture cannot afford to continue undermining the healthy natural ecosystems it relies on. We must create opportunities to use more environmentally friendly approaches that simultaneously conserve land and water resources and at the same time increase the productivity and profitability of agriculture, particularly for small-holder farmers," said Javed Mir, Director of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division for the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Department.

Delegates discussed opportunities for increased collaboration between the Working Group on Agriculture and Working Group on Environment, co-hosts of the event and two of nine working groups under the ADB-supported GMS Economic Cooperation Program. Both working groups must work together to tackle the growing concern for water scarcity, climate variability and volatility, and consequent rising risks of food and ecosystem service supply disruptions.

More than 130 participants attended the meeting, including officials from energy, transport, and tourism ministries, as well as representatives from ADB and development partners, national development organizations, and other stakeholders.

On Wednesday the two working groups will hold their annual meetings, followed by a joint field trip on Thursday to visit environmentally friendly agriculture projects in Xiengkhouang, one of the 'green' provinces in Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

In late 2012, both working groups began implementing the second phase of their flagship initiatives: the $14 million Core Agricultural Support Program, and the $23.1 million Core Environment Program.

The six Mekong countries are Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Since 1992, the GMS Program has invested more than $15 billion in subregional roads, airports, railways, power facilities, tourism infrastructure, and disease prevention.

distributed by
share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
0
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
06:56aTSMC expects 5G to drive earnings, flags South Korea-Japan spat as risk
RE
06:55aMINISTRY OF DEFENCE OF REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN : Azerbaijan Defense Minister meets with the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to our country
PU
06:51aG-7 Ministers Vow to Define Outlines of New Digital Tax
DJ
06:50aSEAWEED IN SIKKA : Some progress and challenges ahead
PU
06:46aCHINA'S LEADING BLOCKCHAIN GIANTS COME TOGETHER TO ACCELERATE NEXT-GEN INTERNET : NEO and Ontology to Leverage Respective Strengths to Build an Open Cross-chain Platform
PR
06:45aSTABLECOINS LIKE LIBRA MUST BE HELD TO HIGHEST STANDARDS : G7
RE
06:38aOil edges lower after rise in U.S. gasoline stocks
RE
06:36aG7 urges strict Libra regime, eyes minimum tax
RE
06:35aATLANTIC CARBON : Adjournment of General Meeting and Mailing of 2018 Accounts
PU
06:34aIndonesia will enforce 2022 ban on raw mineral ore exports - official
RE
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
Advertisement