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SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN — Result In Brief

Project ID: 603518
Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT
Country: Germany
Domain: Environment

EU collaboration with ASEAN

An EU team fostered collaboration between EU and south-east Asian researchers in climatic and sustainability studies. The project helped pair and cluster EU projects, developed collaboration proposals, and also provided training and vision.
EU collaboration with ASEAN
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an important trading and research associate for the EU. Although previous EU projects have created considerable new knowledge relevant to ASEAN, uptake of such results and research collaboration have room for improvement.

The EU-funded SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN (SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN: Sustain and enhance cooperation on sustainable development between Europe and southeast Asia) project enhanced collaboration between EU and ASEAN researchers. The consortium focused on existing research projects, networks and platforms that address climate action, resource efficiency and issues concerning raw materials. The project mainly identified and clustered suitable EU projects, provided services including project twinning and training, and facilitated vision building and development of proposals for collaboration.

Analysis of ongoing project activities and national needs revealed gaps in national and regional coverage, and in the scope of support offered. The project also assessed national and international funding sources, detailing their respective funding or thematic foci, scope or geographic interest. Researchers developed an online web platform that details the project and provides tools supporting partnering and networking. The tools offer information on funding opportunities, policy news and research results, and also partnering and networking opportunities.

SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN successfully fostered uptake and implementation of research. The team processed 20 applications for project twinning, and favourably evaluated 7. Twinned projects extended their respective networks, developed new research proposals, and otherwise worked productively together. The project received and evaluated two proposals for implementing the results of joint research.

Researchers developed various plans to stimulate further research cooperation on the following themes, focused on south-east Asia: climate and energy, water, resources and biodiversity. Project experts also documented four recommendations for further thematic research within Horizon 2020. The roadmap papers identify trends and drivers for each theme, plus detailed environmental analyses and EU linkages with south-east Asia.

Team members hosted several events and workshops. The consortium also ran two media-training sessions, resulting in improved participant competencies and increased awareness of the south-east Asian media landscape.

Implementation of the project’s recommendations may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environment, while also supporting sustainable development.

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ASEAN, south-east Asian, research collaboration, SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN, sustainable development
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