This forum and the subsequent training are about recognizing the importance of creating harmony and balance between economic development and environmental sustainability and integrating environmental considerations into the economic development planning process.
The two-day event proposes to provide an overview of the strong interconnection between rapid economic development and environmental impact and initiate areas of discussion and insights for business leaders to design their own solutions to move their countries towards green and sustainable growth. The first day is composed of plenary sessions in English on-site. The second day will focus on training for the English-speaking participants on site.
On the first day, speakers from each of the 3 countries and from different background will present ideas that draw on experience to date and provides elements of targeted corporate strategies to support sustainable growth. Each country will need to identify its own solutions and to find its own growth path, but similarities and synergies can be found in exchanging ideas and experience to deliver stronger outcomes.
The day will feature four-panel discussions, which will each include four presentations of less than 10 minutes, from a wide range of business leaders, government officials, academic experts, ad representatives of INGOs or civil society. The presentations in each panel will be followed by a 20-minute discussion between panelists and questions raised by the audience.
The second day will focus on a series of training where participants will work in smaller groups on study cases of a variety of topics.
For more information on the trainings offered, see the relevant links below:
- Maurice Rawlins - World Bank Representative, Senior Environmental Specialist (Zoom)- Luck Bounmixay - World Bank Representative, Natural Resource Management SpecialistIn responding to the ...
- Maurice Rawlins - World Bank Representative, Senior Environmental Specialist (Zoom)
- Luck Bounmixay - World Bank Representative, Natural Resource Management Specialist
In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the development community faces perhaps the biggest challenge in its history. Lao PDR faced mounting difficulties with extended lockdowns and border closures interrupting its economy, and the country must confront policy decisions and consider if it can afford to continue its path toward greener growth. The World Bank Group is currently deploying its largest ever crisis response and tailor this relief to address the specific needs of countries like Lao PDR, Vietnam and Cambodia. Their objective is to help countries overcome COVID-19-induced challenges and deliver their immediate goals of restoring jobs and economic growth, while also making progress on long-term goals like decarbonization and support efforts to emerge from this crisis with a greener, more inclusive, and more resilient planet.
Laos offers an interesting case study, presenting a strong argument for green growth as a fundamental tool in bouncing back from COVID-19. A new World Bank report, Environmental Challenges for Green Growth and Poverty Reduction: A Country Environmental Analysis for the Lao PDR (CEA) analyzes the environmental challenges most closely linked with poverty reduction and shared prosperity in the country. It suggests that green growth offers the best opportunity for sustainable and inclusive recovery, and longer-term, resilient development.
- Peter Fodge - President of ECCIL EuroCham and SilviCarbon Lao.- Manoly Sisavanh - Deputy Country Director Wildlife Conservation Society, Lao PDR Program- Monin Nong - Research Associate at...
- Peter Fodge - President of ECCIL EuroCham and SilviCarbon Lao.
- Manoly Sisavanh - Deputy Country Director Wildlife Conservation Society, Lao PDR Program
- Monin Nong - Research Associate at Centre for Natural Resources and Environment of Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI).
- Matthieu de Peyrelongue - Energy & Carbon Engineer; Partner at Cricket Lao Farm Cricket Lao Farm
Moderator: Pollard Blakeley - Team Leader of the PIC Team, SOFRECO, Climate-Friendly Agribusiness Value Chains Sector Project (CFAVC)
In this session, we will explore opportunity for sustainable, inclusive long-term, resilient development and accelerated transition. Business leader and experts in the panel will discuss innovation in sourcing for rising food and land space demands while minimizing strain on the environment and improving agriculture and aquaculture technologies, deforestation practices to reduce loss of biodiversity. They will also share their views on consumer’s behaviour and how to transition towards more sustainable consumption patterns, the key drivers of consumers’ shift to more sustainable consumptions habits and highlight the opportunities and obstacles to roll out and increase adoption rates of best consumption practices.
- Souvanna Phengsisomboun - Head of Natural Resource and Environmental Management Unit, Environmental Management Department, Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES), NUOL.- Sommai Faming - U...
- Souvanna Phengsisomboun - Head of Natural Resource and Environmental Management Unit, Environmental Management Department, Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES), NUOL.
- Sommai Faming - UNIDO Country Representative, Country Office in Lao PDR.
- Dr. Lonn Pichdara - Executive Director of MyVillage, Cambodia.
- Souksaveuy Keotiamchanh - Founder of Zero Waste Laos.
- K. Bhasin Pandhi - Representative of Coca-Cola Laos
Moderator: Dyan Barutsky, Swiss Contact, Waste to Value project.
This panel will discuss how Commercial and industrial businesses contribute a significant amount of waste disposed of each year and the steps that are being taken to reduce the amount of waste being generated and discarded, how supporting industrialization pathways that advance inclusive growth, foster and green transitions, boost resilience, and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The need for a better waste management has become an important policy goal for the private sector, and business leader are not only searching solution to alleviate these wastes place on our environment and our economy, but also to drive down their operating costs.
- Cecile LEROY, Attaché, Green Deal: Environment, Forestry, Biodiversity, Team Europe Green Initiative - Team Europe Green Initiative- Monin Nong, Research Associate at Centre for Natural Re...
- Cecile LEROY, Attaché, Green Deal: Environment, Forestry, Biodiversity, Team Europe Green Initiative - Team Europe Green Initiative
- Monin Nong, Research Associate at Centre for Natural Resources and Environment of Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI).
- Delphine Rousselet - Executive Director of EuroCham Vietnam (Zoom).
- Cliff Massey, CSER Manager at Burapha Agroforestry
Moderator: Mr. Peter Fodge, President of ECCIL EuroCham Laos.
This session will look into the monetary terms, opportunities and challenges in involving private sector into the Sustainable Development Path. We will hear from donors, private sector and civil society what kind of incentives are proposed to achieve both green development and sustainable development.
A specialist in tropical forestry, commercial plantations, as well as in the processing and sales of lumber, Mr. Peter Fogde is the Chief Operating Officer of SilviCarbon Agroforestry, and the President of ECCIL EuroCham Laos.
The IRD has been present in Laos since 1995. The Representation develops related research projects in the field of environmental sciences and agronomy, health as well as in the human and social sciences. IRD representation in Laos is part of a regional approach aimed at supporting and consolidating the development and structuring of scientific research. The specificity of the French institution is to develop fair scientific partnerships between the IRD and local establishments such as universities, research institutes and hospitals. Many bilateral research programs are developed between Laotian and French researchers. The IRD develops interdisciplinary research projects with its Laotian partners on a local or even regional scale. Its objective is to co-build sustainable scientific activities in order to improve the acquisition of knowledge on the Laotian territory. In collaboration with its partners, the Representation also trains students and young researchers.