The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Environment and Development Policy Section, in collaboration with the Productive Sectors Section of the Sustainable Development and Productivity Division of the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) organized an Inter-regional Exchange Study Visit on Good Practices of Implementation of Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development from the 19th to 25th April 2013 in Thailand. The study visit provided an opportunity for the policy makers in West Asia to get acquainted with success stories in the application of green growth policies and tools in Thailand.
The study visit was attended by policy-makers from various ministries across West Asia, including the Ministry of Environment of Tunisia, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Yemen, Ministry of Environmental Affairs of the Palestinian Territories, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Oman and the Ministry of Industry Lebanon. Moreover, the exchange was also enhanced by the participation of the Center for Sustainable Development Solutions Cairo, the Egypt National Cleaner Production Center, the Green Help Desk and Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, the Association of Lebanese Industrialists, the Cleaner Production Center of the Lebanese University Campus and the Muscat Businesswomen Center.
In this framework, the study visit was conducted in two parts, a Hands-on Training Seminar and an on-site Study Visit and Inter-regional Exchange Policy Seminar. The hands-on training seminar was held in Kanchanaburi from the 19-21st of April at the Institute of Renewable Energy Development. Activities included training on various topics such as producing oil from plastic, energy from solar for pumping water, cooking and distilling brine to water, gasifier using woodchips and water and wind turbines. The participants were invited also invited on a tour of Thai Army Eco Camp to see the initiatives in practice.
The second part of the training included attending the Asia-Pacific Regional Implementation Meeting- follow up on the Rio+20 outcomes and site tours of the Sustainable Organic Solid Waste Management Plant in Nonthaburi and the Municipal Electricity Authority (demonstration of smart grid and electric vehicles).
On April 23rd 2013, the participants were invited to a special learning session held at the UNCC, where they were introduced to the Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap by Mr. Rae Kwon Chung, Director of the Environment and Development Division of ESCAP. During the session, the participants were also introduced to key areas of work of EDD, as well as highlights of the work of the energy security and water resources and sustainable urban development sections. Finally, Mr Chung had the opportunity to deliver a special award to the green growth champions who were identified based on the successful completion of the green growth e-Learning course.