Identifying Opportunities for Sharing Best Practices
On 28-30 March 2012, the AECEN convened its 2012 Regional Forum in Bangkok, Thailand hosted by the Thailand Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided principal funding support for the forum with assistance from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the AECEN Secretariat from 2012.
The primary objectives of the regional event were:
- Share best practices and build practitioner capacity on climate change and environmental compliance and enforcement in Asia;
- Showcase innovative environmental compliance and enforcement policies and programs in Thailand which deliver climate change benefits;
- Identify and strengthen effective strategies in national and regional replication of innovative approaches in environmental compliance and climate change in Asia;
- Discuss a regional input to the Rio+20 event in Brazil in 2012;
- Share results and network accomplishments for the year; and,
- Present the 2011 Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment by a Woman.
The forum commenced with a formal opening reception on Day 1. On Day 2, plenary presentations and were held on environmental compliance and climate change, followed by three parallel sessions on selected topics on the replication of workable solutions within the region. The sessions fostered information exchange and discussions among technical experts and key representatives from the region, the U.S. and international development partners. On Day 3, a plenary was convened on the topic of the way forward for advancing environmental governance and compliance in the Rio+20 process and beyond. The forum then reviewed AECEN twinning partnerships in 2011 as well as discussed network directions for 2012 and beyond. Finally, the forum concluded with the official turnover of the Secretariat from USAID ECO-Asia to IGES.
The forum gathered about 60 senior officials and representatives from AECEN member agencies and other environmental agencies along with development partner representatives. There were also 10-20 participants from Thailand, including officials from environmental agencies, nongovernmental stakeholders, development partners and members from the academia.