TUEWAS _ Newsletter

Issue 11, December 2023



Welcome to TUEWAS newsletter!

Our newsletter is all about bringing you the latest updates and insights filled with informative articles, publications, completed and upcoming events, and more from our members projects across the Asia-Pacific region. Our aim is to enrich your knowledge and keep you informed about the latest trends and developments. As always, our members have shared lots of inspiring stories and knowledge products, we are sure you will find relevant information for your context.

Thank you for all your contribution to this newsletter.

Warm regards,

Raghu, Donaya, Khaekhai, Natasha

Raghu Babu Nukala

Spokesperson TUEWAS

Donaya Siamwalla

TUEWAS Network Manager and Public Relations Officer

Khaekhai Tanasansopin​

TUEWAS Office Manager

Natasha Krisanalome

TUEWAS Assistant



Welcome Our New Speaker of the Water Woking Group

Ms. Laura Sustersic is the GIZ Project Director of the “Support to Ganga rejuvenation” project and of the India-EU Water Partnership Action. She has more than 20 years experience in water management and water supply & sanitation in Asia, Africa and Europe. Laura works in India with GIZ since 2018. 

Before India she was consulting for GIZ, GEF, EU and other organizations in the fields of humanitarian aid and reconstruction especially in Africa and addressing issues of WASH and community resilience in fragile settings and for reconstruction. 

She holds MSc. in Water Resources Engineering and Management, a Diploma in International Environmental Law and a Master in Geopolitics.

Welcome Our New Task Force Leads

Anneli Stutz – New Boosting Women Representation in TUEWAS Sector Task Force Lead

Anneli Stutz is an advisor on Transport and Climate Change at GIZ, working on the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia with a focus on gender and project monitoring. Before joining the team based in Germany, she worked for the Indo-German Energy Program in India since 2019, to promote cooperation regarding energy transition and was leading the project on energy efficient district cooling.

Martin Keim – Just Transition Task Force Lead

Martin Keim has been Advisor for “Innovation Regions for a Just Energy Transition“ (IKI JET) at the Brussels office of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) since June 2023. Before, he worked as Head of Programme for European Energy Transition at the European Union office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Brussels from 2019 to May 2023, where he was the chief executive editor of the European Mobility Atlas 2021. Before joining the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, he worked as a research assistant at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, also known as the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, within the project ‘The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation’. Prior to SWP, Martin gained experience in EU energy affairs within the private sector.  Martin holds a BA in ‘International and European Governance’ from the University of Münster, and a MA in ‘International and European Governance’ and ‘Strategy, Intelligence and Risk Management’ from Sciences Po Lille and the University of Münster.


The draft policy framework circulated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) highlights the importance and relevance of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) powered livelihoods in rejuvenating the rural economy.

Recent Mekong River Commission’s policy briefs make an economic case for Nature-based Solutions to promote ecosystem-based adaptation for flood and drought resilience in the Lower Mekong Basin.

Holkar Cricket Stadium is shining bright! The installation of an advanced 200 kWp solar PV system on its roof demonstrates the potential of innovative solar areas and makes a valuable contribution to a greener India.

Supporting the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA), GIZ Pakistan is providing technical cooperation support to municipalities (water & sanitation, streetlighting, buildings and fleet management) across Pakistani cities in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) provinces.

In Bangladesh, the “Liveable and Inclusive Cities for All” (LICA) project has launched Urban Living Labs in four cities as an initial and bottom-up step for improving Urban Environmental Management Services.

The CoPs are expected to foster collaboration in coal regions where members strengthen strategies and harvest good practices to implement a just energy transition.

The GIZ-supported project “Improved Service Delivery for Citizens in Cambodia” (ISD) produced a movie with the Cambodia-based filmmaker Mr. Rafael Winer. The movie “Leave nothing behind” is showcasing three companies / NGOs in Cambodia that actively support the recycling of plastic-waste.

The multifaceted impact of Energy Management System (EnMS) implementation in municipal services and their integral role in achieving sustainable growth in Pakistan.

Strengthening GIZ’s sustainability goal for the Aquaculture sector the Promotion of Solar Water Pumps (IGEN-PSWP) and the Sustainable Aquaculture for Food and Livelihood (SAFAL) projects collaborated. In Assam and Odisha, PSWP projects have been working to integrate Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) technologies in Aquaculture value chain.

Mobility is one of the vital aspects of urban activities. By implementing sustainable urban transport, the quality of life in the urban area will surely improve.

Did you know that using a water filter can reduce plastic waste?  You can avoid using plastic-bottled water by using a water filter, contributing to plastic waste reduction.

The Southeast Asia Information Platform for the Energy Transition (SIPET) has been showcased at events around the Southeast Asia region to promote dialogue and collaboration between energy transition stakeholders.



GRASS Baseline Study in Kapuas Hulu, Indonesia

The GRASS project through RASA Consulting conducted a baseline study in Kapuas Hulu to assess the livelihoods of farmers and examined gender social inclusion in the context of four commodities: oil palm , natural rubber, cacao and coffee in the target area. The study classified villages into two categories based on their proximity to markets: good access (close to off-takers) and poor access (far from off-takers). The report also delved into the factors behind the ever-increasing land-use conversion rate from natural rubber to oil palm. The adoption of digital technology is hampered by low telecommunication network coverage.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
#GRASSProject #SustainableAgriculture #SmallholderFarmers #Resilience #Indonesia

Recommendations for Remote Monitoring and Control Requirements for Rooftop Solar PV Systems in Viet Nam

A team of national and international experts reviewed local practices and recommendations towards remote monitoring and remote control of RTS in Viet Nam, using international best practices as reference from countries that have reached a high RTS share (Germany, Australia, and the United States – with focus on Hawaii and California).

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
#CIRTS #rooftopsolar #remotemonitoring #remotecontrolling #Vietnam

Key Achievement of Bioenergy BEM Project

The project “Climate Protection through Sustainable Bioenergy Markets in Vietnam” aims to boost the use of biomass for heat and electricity in Vietnam. It focuses on improving the planning, technical, and financial skills of key players in the biomass energy sector to facilitate successful investment projects. The project operates in three primary areas:  Legal and Regulatory Framework, Capacity Development, and Technology Cooperation.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
#BEM #bioenergy #keyachievemnts #Vietnam

Bioenergy - A Journey Towards Green Viet Nam

After four years of operation, the “Climate Protection through Sustainable Bioenergy Markets in Viet Nam” (BEM) project concluded its activities in late September 2023. Please join us in looking back at BEM’s key activities and proud achievements in this clip.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
#BEM #bioenergy #sustainability #greenVietnam

Climate Finance for Carbon Neutrality in Thailand

In accordance with the recommendations enumerated in CASE’s carbon neutrality scenario, this report examines financial instruments intended to aid the energy sector’s transition to carbon neutrality in Thailand. The objective is to propose financial mechanisms or instruments that support the reduction of carbon emissions in the energy, transportation, and industry sectors.

Link to Publication

Key buzzwords
Climate finance, taxonomy, carbon neutrality, Thailand 


Completed Events

September – October 2023
6 Districts and Municipalities in Cambodia

July 24 – 28, 2023
Vocational College of Machinery and Irrigation Dong Nai (VCMI)

September 6 – 8, 2023 in Ho Chi Minh and September 20 – 22, 2023 in Da Nang

September 2023
6 Districts and Municipalities in Cambodia

July 24 – 28, 2023
Vocational College of Machinery and Irrigation Dong Nai (VCMI)


GIZ International Forestry Policy Newsletter – Subscribe now to get news and updates on GIZ International Forest Policy. If you would like to receive the GIZ International Forest Policy Newsletter, please send a message to forests@giz.de

Indo-German Biodiversity Programme – Indo-German Biodiversity Programme Newsletters

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme II (REEEP II) Newsletter – Subscribe to get news and updates on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme II of GIZ Bangladesh. To receive the newsletter, please send an email to Ananya.rubayat@giz.de

PM GatiShakti Newsletter – Coverage of activities supported by Green Freight project in the PM GatiShakti Newsletter. Please refer to Page 3 to read about Urban Mobility India session and CII summit of Post-harvest logistics infrastructure.

GIZ Thailand Newsletter – Read news and updates from GIZ Thailand

3RproMar Updates on Marine Litter in ASEAN – 3RproMar’s project newsletter informs about our work with ASEAN and in the four implementing countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam. Updates on EPR, Marine Litter Prevention, Behavioral Change, with direct insights from our pilot sites (First entry under project and programmenewsletters)

Useful Links and Platforms

AdaptationCommunity.net – The Global Programme Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change (HMCCC) have launched a global website, a subpage on Climate Change and Migration under the AdaptationCommunity.net. Please click the link for an introduction to the topic of climate change-induced human mobility, publications, and other resources. The global programme operates in the Pacific Islands, the Philippines and the Caribbean, and is supported by a team in Bonn.

GIZ Philippines Facebook Page – Get updated on GIZ Philippines and Pacific

GIZ Thailand Facebook Page – Get latest update on GIZ Thailand Facebook page

GIZ Thailand Website – Learn about GIZ Thailand activities and other updates

SNRD Asia and The Pacific Website – Sector Network Natural Resources and Rural Development Asia and the Pacific

SNRD Africa Website – Stay informed what is happening with our sister network

Engage with TUMI’s threads on TUMI’s Twitter  – TUMI is the leading global implementation initiative on sustainable urban mobility formed through the union of eleven partners

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