Over 30 people, representing 10 countries, 3 regional organisations and 7 EU Delegations, attended the GCCA regional workshop on ‘mainstreaming climate change in national development planning and budgeting’ organised for Asian countries in Bangkok, Thailand from 14 to 17 March 2012. Participants included senior government officials involved in climate change coordination and in development planning/budgeting from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Yemen, Vietnam and Thailand. Delegates of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat also attended the event, alongside representatives of EU Delegations to Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Thailand.
This was the first workshop organised over four days, responding to feedback from delegates at the earlier three-day workshops (as those organised in the Pacific and Africa in 2011) on the high level of content which limited time for activities, experience sharing and discussions among participants. The four-day format was deemed a success. Workshop participants made valuable contributions, notably in the form of presentations that complemented those made by the trainers and EC staff, on topics such as climate change impacts on specific countries’ populations and economies, on national responses including efforts to mainstream climate change in development planning and budgeting, and on operationalising Bhutan’s concept of Gross National Happiness. These contributions provided an opportunity to compare the theory presented in the modules with practice in the region and to get perspectives from a range of different countries and contexts.
On the evening of the second day of the workshop, a special session was organised for participants from countries with GCCA-supported programmes. This was attended by representatives of Maldives, Bhutan, Cambodia, Bangladesh and, for the Lower Mekong Basin regional programme, from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
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