November 2017 (Beijing): Last week, the GDSA Secretariat was invited to travel to Beijing for the launch of the Lancang-Mekong Environmental Cooperation Centre (LMEC). Specifically, the GDSA was asked by the China ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Centre (CAEC, which hosts the LMEC) in the Ministry of Environmental Protection to share our experiences of the GDSA as a multi-country action platform. Furthermore, the Secretariat - represented by the GDSA Executive Secretary - was asked to reflect on the mission and strategy of LMEC and share some thoughts on ecosystem management.
The launch and workshop on freshwater management was attended by the Lancang–Mekong basin states (China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam) and the Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Centre (Secretary General Prof Dr ZHONG, Yong).
Moving forward, the GDSA Secretariat looks forward to ongoing discussions with the CAEC on joint endeavors in Africa, and in supporting ongoing sustainability programming, both in Africa and in Asia.