Issue 24, March 2024



Welcome to the first issue of SNRD AP Newsletter for the year 2024!

We are excited to kick off the new year with updates, news, and exciting developments happening in our community. In this issue, you will find latest updates and insights filled with informative articles, publications, completed and upcoming events, and more from our members projects across the Asia-Pacific region. Our aim is to enrich your knowledge and keep you informed about the latest trends and developments. As always, our members have shared lots of inspiring stories and knowledge products, we are sure you will find relevant information for your context.

With this, we wish you happy reading & send best regards,​

Till, Donaya, Khaekhai, Natasha​

Till Ludwig

Till Ludwig

Spokesperson SNRD AP

Donaya Siamwalla

Networks Manager and
Public Relations Officer

Khaekhai Tanasansopin​

Office Manager

Natasha Krisanalome

Project Assistant


"Lisa Says Goodbye: A Farewell Message"

Dear SNRD AP members, dear colleagues,

Personally, starting a new year also meant to say some goodbye for me. After 5 years in Thailand and 2,5 years of serving as the SNRD AP spokesperson it has become time to move on, and back to GIZ Germany.

I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to work with and meet many of you. Not only the regional conference in 2022 but the many exchanges, webinars, working group meetings (and the list goes on) that I was able to join showed me how exceptional, capable and dedicated all of you in the region are.

I would like to thank you for the great encounters and cooperation I experienced during my time with SNRD AP, for the many inspiring ideas and excellent outputs that many of you involved in the Working Groups and Task Forces have shared and achieved. You have made “regional knowledge management” a truly fun and rewarding process to be part of!

I would also like to say a huge thank you to my dear colleagues Donaya, Natasha and Khaekhai from the SNRD AP secretariat for their unwavering support and dedication, always there to answer questions, ensure smooth processes and shoulder many parallel issues at the same time. Without you, SNRD AP would not be what it is today!

Last but not least, it is my honor to introduce you to Till Ludwig as the new SNRD AP spokesperson.

We are very happy that Till shares the dedication to support and advance our sector network and is taking over from now on.

Wishing you all the best, and please give me a shout if you happen to be in Bonn or would like to connect over climate, biodiversity or any other issues 🙂

Best regards & greetings from Bonn,

Introducing Till Ludwig, our new Spokesperson for SNRD Asia and the Pacific!

Till Ludwig is currently Adviser in Nepal working on climate-resilient agricultural ecosystems. At the GRAPE project, he is leading the research activities and the digital transformation.

Till has been with GIZ since 2013. Previously he has worked on nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Bangladesh, on the banana supply chain in

Ecuador and Colombia and supported develoPPP projects within the agro-industry. He holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Bonn, where his research in India explored production and consumption economics within smallholder farming communities. He has served as the Speaker of the SNRD Task Force on Climate-Smart Agricultural Value Chains and most recently led the Working Group on Agriculture.

Beyond work, Till enjoys exploring the nature in Nepal and outdoor activities. His passion for astronomy lets him spend countless hours in stargazing, while he also loves to be challenged in chess.

“I believe that the most effective solutions to complex challenges arise from diverse perspectives coming together to collaborate, innovate, and implement sustainable practices. I thrive in environments where ideas are freely exchanged, and where creativity and innovation are fostered. Therefore, I think that Sector Networks are a true explorative space, in which also unusual ideas have a space – independent from our usual project logic. Concepts such as integrated solutions and bundling of resources are at home in Sector Networks.”

To support the development, realisation or production of innovative ideas with the aim to enhance distribution and exchange of knowledges, practices and experiences, ranging from publications, reports, products, trainings, to exchange dialogues. SNRD AP opened the call for task force and innovation fund application earlier this year. These proposals are approved by SNRD AP steering group. We encourage you to check out our task forces and their activities. Please feel free to get in touch with our Task Force Leads to learn more and find possible synergies for future engagement.

List of Task Forces
Lists of Activities


Ecological Assessment Kapuas Hulu: Understanding the Local Ecological Context in order to Design Appropriate Project Interventions

German Ambassador to the Philippines, Dr. Andreas Pfaffernoschke visited Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte, with the GIZ-E4DR Project. They discussed Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures and funding for sustainable initiatives, highlighting strong collaboration for disaster resilience and development.
Women entrepreneurs are an emerging force in international trade. With a focus on MSMEs, the “ASEAN Access Ambassadors” lead the way in promoting resources for market access and success within and beyond the ASEAN region.
GIZ Laos has recently joined the Restoring and Sustaining Landscapes Together (RESULT Asia) implementers network through the Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD) project.
The BMZ-GCF co-funded project “Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation” (CliPAD) is now in the middle of its 7-year implementation period. Project activities take place in six provinces in Northern Lao PDR. What has the project achieved so far?
Curious about how sports and organic cotton intersect? “From Field to Fan Shop,” is a project with nine famous German Football Clubs making waves in the sports industry. Learn how this initiative is driving positive change and empowering communities.
Social Behaviour Change (SBC) is crucial for sustainable food production and consumption. It goes beyond traditional agriculture by focusing on changing individual and community behaviors to achieve lasting transformation.
To satisfy his ambition and broaden his family’s sources of income, Mr. Han begins his new endeavor as a smallholder aquaculture farmer in addition to his conventional livelihood pursuits. He later crosses the border to become a new entrepreneur as fish nursing farmer – a promising new source of income.
The Agriculture and Climate Change 101 Event held on 25 January 2024 in Bangkok was designed to enhance capacity of public agencies in addressing climate change’s impact on agriculture, focusing on greenhouse gas reduction, carbon credits and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) measures.
In the aftermath of Cyclone Mocha, the Food and Nutrition Security Project sprang into action, offering swift aid and fostering resilience for those in need. Read our journey of delivering support and relief in the face of adversity.
Discover Sirpur Lake, a Ramsar Site in Madhya Pradesh, vital for migratory birds and Indore’s landscape. Amidst growing threats to urban wetlands, let’s unite for their preservation and wise use.


Ecological assessment Kapuas Hulu: Understanding the Local Ecological Context to Design Appropriate Project Interventions

Last year, the Indonesian-German cooperation project, GRASS together with IDEP Foundation conducted a study to uncover the ecological conditions of Kapuas Hulu. The study data collection focused on biodiversity, soil health, water conservation, climate change mitigation, and its relations to improvement of agricultural system and local community livelihood.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
#GRASSProject #AgricultureSupplyChains #Ecology #Smallholderfarmers #ResilienceNature #KapuasHulu #Indonesia

The IPCC 6th Assessment Report, Global Stocktake Process, and Their Relevance to ASEAN

This assessment analyses the IPCC AR6 report’s implications for Southeast Asia and assesses its alignment with ASEAN’s climate change work. It also provides recommendations for enhancing ASEAN’s responses to climate change and identifies opportunities and themes for the region. This assessment is established by GIZ ASEAN CAP Project.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
#IPCCReport #GlobalStocktake #ClimatePolicy #ClimateAction

ASEAN Magazine, Issue no. 34-35

The latest edition of The ASEAN Magazine, Issue no.34-35, has been published. With the themes of sustainability, digital transformation, and the advancement of gender equality for women and girls, the issue highlights ASEAN’s collective journey towards a sustainable future. In collaboration with GIZ ASEAN EU-German Climate Action Programme (CAP) Project, ASEAN Secretariat writes on how Nature-based Solution is the way for sustainable future and that a resilient and net-zero ASEAN community is still possible.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
#ASEANMatters #NaturebasedSolution #GlobalStocktake #ClimateAction

Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for the Transboundary World Heritage Nomination of Hin Nam No National Park - From consultations to solutions and consent

The report provides an overview of the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process developed for the Hin Nam No World Heritage extension and its 3.5-year implementation journey. Through a triple approach, incorporating international standards review, lessons learned from FPIC practices in Laos, and field-based consultations, the FPIC process was designed to ensure credibility and equity in alignment with global norms. By emphasizing inclusive participation and genuine consultations, the process aimed to secure tangible and positive outcomes for the ethnic groups and local communities of the Hin Nam No area.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
FPIC, world heritage, ethnic groups

GUIDANCE PAPER ON CARBON CREDIT MARKETS: Dealing with Carbon Markets in the GIZ Context

This guidance paper explores carbon markets, GIZ’s efforts in climate action, and sustainable development through carbon pricing. It covers carbon credit mechanisms, challenges like robust MRV systems and GIZ roles, and opportunities in standardization and co-benefits. GIZ focuses on quality carbon credits, holistic impact, and adaptability. Recommendations include capacity building, strategic guidance, flagship projects, policy alignment, NDC support, and international collaboration to develop high-integrity carbon markets for sustainable development.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
Carbon credits, carbon markets, climate change mitigation

Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) for Indian Wetlands- Practitioner’s Guide

Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) for Indian Wetlands is a self-appraisal tool to support adaptive management by evaluating how well wetland management is being carried out to achieve set objectives for sustaining the values of a wetland. The tool has been tailored to India’s unique socio-environmental landscape and includes insights from METT pilot exercises in five Ramsar Sites in India. The guide, designed as an aid for practitioners, provides stepwise guidance on METT datasheets, evaluation process and practices.

Link to Publication
Link to Project Page

Key buzzwords
Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool; Wetland monitoring; Wetlands of India



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PM GatiShakti Newsletter – Coverage of activities supported by Green Freight project in the PM GatiShakti Newsletter. Please refer to Page 3 to read about Urban Mobility India session and CII summit of Post-harvest logistics infrastructure.

Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) – Read news from the Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA)

GIZ Thailand Newsletter – Read news and updates from GIZ Thailand

Wetlands International – This month’s newsletter brings you conversations from Stockholm World Water Week (Aug 20th- 24th), our latest publications on biodiversity corridors in the Paraná delta, and the lithium extraction in the High Andean wetlands, and stories of restoration efforts and achievements from our network.

GRASSROOTS – GRASSROOTS is a newsletter of the GRASS Project, covering activities aimed at building resilience among smallholder farmers in Kapuas Hulu where the GRASS project is implemented.

Indo-German Biodiversity Programme Newsletter, Issue no. 25, January 2024 – This bi-monthly newsletter is a service by the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme (IGBP). The newsletter features project updates from across India and interesting thematic articles on the challenges of biodiversity conservation and management from the IGBP projects.

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Useful Links and Platforms – The Global Programme Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change (HMCCC) have launched a global website, a subpage on Climate Change and Migration under the Please click the link for an introduction to the topic of climate change-induced human mobility, publications, and other resources. The global programme operates in the Pacific Islands, the Philippines and the Caribbean, and is supported by a team in Bonn.

GIZ Philippines Facebook Page – Get updated on GIZ Philippines and Pacific

GIZ Thailand Website – Learn about GIZ Thailand activities and other updates

GIZ Thailand Facebook Page – Get latest update on GIZ Thailand Facebook page

SNRD Asia and The Pacific Website – Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia and the Pacific

SNRD Africa Website – Stay informed what is happening with our sister network

Engage with TUMI’s threads on TUMI’s Twitter – TUMI is the leading global implementation initiative on sustainable urban mobility formed through the union of eleven partners

Indo-German Biodiversity Programme – The Indo-German Biodiversity Programme is working with its overarching goal of sustainable use of biological diversity to support livelihoods for future generations. The Programme addresses the challenges of biodiversity conservation currently in four complementary areas.

Podcast ‘Vom Feld ins Regal’ (From field to shelf) – Is sustainable consumption an important topic for you? Are you wondering where The hosts JJ and Lara will talk about these and other exciting questions with guest? The podcast is produced by the Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains

PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and sustainable development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration

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