Population and Community Development Association

Community-Based Integrated Energy Initiative

     From the 2nd to 6th of November in 2015 the second regional networking forum about "Community-Based Integrated Energy Initiatives (CBEI) - The Way Forward for Thailand and her Neighbors" took place at C&C Resort Khao Yai, Saptai, Thailand. This forum was organized and coordinated by PDA in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment.


  PDA and its academic partners, JGSEE of King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi and Khon Kaen University (KKU) invited experienced and recognized government officials, experts from academia, private companies, consultancies and NGOs. This second Regional Forum included presentations and panel and discussions on the first two days and a field trip on the third day. The first panel session was under the topic of "International, Regional and Country CBEI" with an introduction by the moderator, Prof. Athikom Bangviwat of the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), a partner of the event. This introduction was followed by presentations from representatives of TICA, GIZ Thailand, Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar, Community Enterprise Support Association of Cambodia, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi and Mae Fah Luang Foundation of Thailand. The second day started with a panel on ‘CBEI with Special Focus on Finance’, introduced and moderated by Wolfgang Frank, Senior Advisor of PDA. Presentations were given by representatives from EEP Mekong (Laos), CLSA (Hongkong), ESCO Fund (Thailand), SUNTAC (Myanmar) and Ministry of Energy and Mines (Laos). The panel of the afternoon session was ‘Community Engagement, NGO Support and Sustainability of CBEI’, introduced by Prof. Krailert Taweekul from Khon Kaen University (KKU). Presentations were given by representatives from KKU, PDA (both Thailand), GIZ (Cambodia) and Eco-Solutions (Myanmar). Finally PDA’s Vice-President, Wilas Techo, Prof. Athikom Bangviwat, Wolfgang Frank and all participants entered into the final plenary discussion and closing. The third day ollowed by field visits to wind power project at Lam Takong and to the Center of Fuels and Energy from Biomass in Saraburi on the way back to Bangkok.

   The objective of the event was to provide a forum for policy makers, government, private sector and NGO experts from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to share knowledge and experience on the topic of community-based projects that provide renewable energy (biomass/biogas, solar, wind, hydro) and energy savings in rural areas and have positive effects on climate change, environment, water supply and quality of life of local communities, allowing a lively exchange of ideas in a comfortable setting. The overall echo was highly positive. The forum topics, networking, general organization and goal achievement as well as presentations, panels, information sharing, moderation, documentation, working atmosphere were repeatedly praised. Because of the positive feedback we are looking forward to the next regional forum about regional networking forum about "Community-Based Integrated Energy Initiatives" in 2016.

Lectures and Presentations

Hataichanok Siriwadhanakul - Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA)
      Cooperation of Thailand with Neighbouring Countries on Energy

Aung Myint - Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM)
      Biogasification Practice and Problem in Myanmar

Patwalai Ananjavanich - German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Thailand
      Community-Based Renewable Energy Projects

Tiev Chan Serey - Community Enterprise Support Association (CESA), Cambodia
      Introduction to the Village Development Partnership Project (VDP)

Pan Piyasil - The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), Thailand
      MECON Project: Energy consumption pattern of low income households in Thailand

Cosme de Arana - Energy and Environment Partnership / Mekong (EEP-Mekong), Laos
      Private Sector and Financial Support to Community-Based Energy Initiatives

Richard Pyvis - CLSA, Hong Kong
      Water’s Role in Community-Based Integrated Energy Initiatives

Asavin Chintakananda - Energy Conservation Foundation of Thailand
      Thailand Energy Situation - Strategies and Projects

Chantho Milattanapheng - Institute of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Laos
      Pro-Poor Public-Private Partnerships for Rural Energy Services

Tin Myint - SUNTAC Technologies, Myanmar
      Roles of Small Hydropower in Rural Electrification in Myanmar

Boonchird PomountipPopulation and Community Development Association (PDA), Thailand
      PDA’s Solar PV Water Systems

Channa Samorn - German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Cambodia
      Water Issue in Organic Rice in Cambodia

Min Chan Win - Myanmar eco solutions
      Leading Myanmar’s Renewable Revolution