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Fostering Capacity Development for Asia's Leapfrog

Sirintornthep Towprayoon

Abstract Capacity Development Is the Basis for Asia's Leapfrog

Most major development paths of Asian countries are moving toward green growth. Under the constraints of the energy crisis and climate change impact, future Asian growth, while appearing to be the most significant in comparison with other regions, needs a good knowledge-based pathway to light up and pave the road to a low-carbon society.

Capacity development is the basic need and a urgent issue to be explored in Asia. It is one of the effective tools for Asia to leapfrog to a low-carbon society with the concern of unlocked carbon intensity development.

A Bullet Train Model

Development needs to be done on several levels from communities to the subnational and national levels. To leapfrog from the current situation, capacities need to be built at many levels through various mechanisms of networking, research forums, initiatives, training, etc., in order to bridge, transfer and transform the results from research to policy and to implementation. Policy makers with good understanding, as the head of the bullet train, will lead society in the right direction, while scientists and researchers are the engines to back up and accelerate this movement. Finally, practitioners in communities play key roles as the fuel, enhancing the movement toward green growth through their activities. It is, therefore, essential to have these three components for a compatible basis of knowledge and comprehension through capacity development.

Asian Countries Need Collaboration

Asian countries are different in nature but rich in culture and resources. Low-carbon activities are various and depend on internal factors and situations. There are many good practices and philosophies that can be shared among the countries. The experience of learning from each other facilitates accomplishments and reduce risks in implementation. Collaborative activities in capacity development help Asian countries move toward green growth in their own ways with their own uniqueness while seeing the same goal in the future together.

Keywords Capacity building • Collaboration • Asian leapfrog • Research to policy • Low carbon • Knowledge-sharing platform

Key Message to Policy Makers

• Capacity development is a basic need and an urgent issue for Asia's leapfrog.

• This can be done through knowledge transfer, research collaboration and

joint education programs among Asian countries.

• A full loop of knowledge transfer from research to policy and to implementation is the key to success for capacity building in Asia.

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