"Leaders from the Greater Mekong Subregion are showing progress towards restructuring their economies to reflect the true role natural capital plays in underpinning their economies and the well-being of about 320 million people," said Dr. Geoffrey Blate, WWF Greater Mekong's Senior Advisor on Landscape Conservation.
"Greater Mekong countries have affirmed that healthy economic growth goes hand in hand with healthy and productive ecosystems," added Dr. Blate
"By investing in biodiversity conservation and the maintenance of natural capital, the Greater Mekong Subregion
can expand options for economic growth and ensure long-term sustainability in the face of global environmental change, including climate change."
At the parallel GMS Business Summit, business leaders from the GMS countries discussed how to improve the region's competitiveness, and focused on ways to make regional transportation systems more efficient and securing support for small and medium enterprises.
At the Business Summit, Dr. Blate
conveyed two important outcomes of the GMS workshop on Investing in Natural Capital, hosted by the Vietnamese government last month, including an agreement among GMS delegates on the need to develop a regional green economy vision to support implementation of the new Framework, and the critical role of involving the private sector.