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Strengthening Sound Environmental Management in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area: Technical Assistance Completion Report

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: | region: Regional

Foremost is the need for continued dialogue and engagement with the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines-East Asia Growth Area) countries and key groups within the BIMP-EAGA institutional structure (e.g., Environment Cluster Working Group) to rally support for endorsement by Malaysia and then by senior officials of the REP (Regional Environmental Program). Within ADB, this can be done in coordination with SERD’s (Southeast Asia regional Department) Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division, which has a country specialist for Malaysia. It may be possible to get Malaysia on board because of its active engagement in the CTI (Coral Triangle Initiative) and HOB (Heart of Borneo) programs and its support to ADB’s TA (technical assistance) projects on these initiatives. The only challenge in moving the REP forward is the sustained commitment of human and financial resources, particularly from countries. This will require the establishment of a BDU (business development unit) or a project facilitation unit for BIMP-EAGA. The BDU will liaise with countries, review, prepare and incubate projects, assist countries to develop project formulation and management capacity, and assist donors and countries to undertake monitoring and evaluation exercises. The BDU would need to be initially funded by ADB but would eventually be supported and based within the BIMP-EAGA secretariat or nodal agency.

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