AEIR 2019/2020

Regional Public Goods

GMS Core Environment Program (CEP)

In 2006, the GMS countries launched the Core Environment Program (CEP) in response to growing concern about the environmental impacts of rapid economic development. Administered by ADB and overseen by the environment ministries of the six countries which form the Working Group on Environment (WGE), CEP aims to achieve "an environmentally friendly and climate resilient GMS Program." It is coordinated by the Environment Operations Center (EOC), which is hosted by ADB’s Thailand Resident Mission.


CEP introduces environmental tools and processes, builds capacity for their use, and leverages their uptake in economic development. The focus is on environmental assessments, planning, piloting innovation, and monitoring – which together are the key ingredients for sound environmental management.

CEP is structured around the following four components:

• Component 1: Environmental Monitoring, Planning and Safeguards

• Output: Environmental planning systems, methods, and safeguards improved.

• Component 2: Biodiversity Landscapes and Livelihoods

• Output: Management of transboundary biodiversity conservation landscapes and local livelihoods improved.

• Component 3: Climate Change

• Output: Climate-resilient and low-carbon strategies developed.

• Component 4: Institutions and Financing

• Output: Institutions and financing for sustainable environmental management improved.