Programme Paper

Heike Baumüller
    • This paper highlights opportunities and strategies for regional cooperation between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to jointly tackle climate change impacts and move towards low carbon development.
    • Significant opportunities lie in matching the Mekong countries' shared development objectives with the climate change agenda. Being part of the next wave of industrial development in Southeast Asia, all three nations are likely to face similar financial and technological challenges around industrial, agricultural and energy development.
      • Climate change is a global threat that requires multilateral solutions. Using Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos as an example, this paper highlights opportunities and strategies for regional cooperation to jointly tackle climate change impacts and move towards low carbon development.
      • Being part of the next wave of industrial development in Southeast Asia, the three Mekong countries are likely to face similar financial and technological challenges around industrial, agricultural and energy development. Significant opportunities lie in matching their shared development objectives with the climate change agenda.
      • Climate change impacts are not and will not be confined to national boundaries and regional strategies will be needed to avoid undermining past and future development gains. At the same time, climate change funding through aid and investments could be an important source of external financing for economic and energy sector development, and a means of accessing mitigation and adaptation technologies.
      • Vietnam - which is already economically and technologically more advanced than Cambodia and Laos - is well placed to play a leadership role in this trilateral cooperation.