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.