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January 18, 2013

JICA Continues Cooperation on Climate Change in Thailand with 2 New Technical Cooperation Projects in JFY2012

Photo Signing Ceremony of the Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project for Bangkok Master Plan on Climate Change 2013-2023, between Mr. Vallop Suwandee, Deputy Governor of Bangkok and Mr. Tomoyuki Kawabata, Senior Representative of JICA Thailand Office, on November 7, 2012 at Bangkok City Hall I

Bangkok, Thailand – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently concluded two new technical cooperation projects in the field of climate change in Thailand: namely, the "Project for Bangkok Master Plan on Climate Change 2013-2023" with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), and the "Project for Capacity Development on Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation in the Southeast Asia Region" with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) (TGO), respectively.

Under the Project for Bangkok Master Plan on Climate Change 2013-2023, JICA will work together with BMA to develop a comprehensive long-term master plan to address climate change in both mitigation and adaptation aspects. Based on the assessment of the implementation results of the previous metropolitan plan, the Bangkok Action Plan on Global Warming Mitigation 2007-2012, the new master plan including sector-based action plans will be drafted and implemented in Bangkok. Throughout the cooperation period, JICA will also provide trainings and seminars for BMA officials aiming at capacity development to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of the master plan, by utilizing the experience and expertise of the local government of Yokohama City, Japan, in planning and implementing such climate change plans/measures at the city level.

As a continuation of the previous technical cooperation project on "Capacity Building on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Implementation in Bangkok" between BMA and JICA, which was conducted from June 2009 to May 2012, this new Project is scheduled to commence from March 2013 for a duration of two years.

Photo Mrs. Prasertsuk Chamornmarn, Acting Executive Director of TGO, and Mr. Hiroshi Enomoto, Director of Office of Climate Change, JICA Headquarters, during the signing of the Minutes of Meetings on the Detailed Planning Survey on the Project for Capacity Development on Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation in the Southeast Asia Region, on August 10, 2012. Consequently, the Record of Discussions of the Project between TGO and JICA was signed on December 21, 2012.

In another new technical cooperation, the Project for Capacity Development on Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation in the Southeast Asia Region, JICA will cooperate with TGO to set up Climate Change International Training Center (CITC), a "one-stop training center" specializing in capacity development related to climate change mitigation and adaptation for Thailand as well as ASEAN developing countries. The CITC will respond to the need of ASEAN developing countries for capacity development and assistance to implement climate change measures effectively, taking account of both the rapid economic growth and high potential for implementing GHG mitigation activities in the sub-region.

Through the establishment of CITC, JICA will collaborate with the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to transfer Japanese expertise to Thailand and other participating countries, strengthen the connection between the research community and practitioners, and promote south-south-north cooperation. These will also contribute to promoting "East Asia Knowledge Platform for Low Carbon Growth" ; the concept of which is to assist developing countries in creating and implementing low-carbon and resilient development strategies that are compatible with their development goals.

The success of the former technical cooperation project between TGO and JICA, "the Project for Capacity Development and Institutional Strengthening for GHG Mitigation in the Kingdom of Thailand", will be elaborated in this new Project with an extended 3-year cooperation period from March 2013.

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