Third Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) International Conference 2008

Kunming, China - The conference’s aim is to initiate and stimulate international discussion on the various sustainable issues in the GMS, specifically in the areas of energy, environment, natural resource management, and development planning.

The Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) will hold the Third GMSARN International Conference 2008 on "Sustainable Development: Issues and Prospects for the Greater Mekong Subregion", 12-14 November 2008 at Kunming, China.

After the success of the two previous GMSARN International Conferences in 2006 and 2007, the Third International Conference of 2008 helps to unite the member countries together in solving crucial trans-boundary problems.

The GMSARN International Conference is a multi-disciplinary conference which is mainly a problem based conference with respect to area specific conferences one finds elsewhere. In this aspect GMSARN Conference is unique hosting a wide range of disciplines.

The conference’s aim is to initiate and stimulate international discussion on the various sustainable issues in the GMS, specifically in the areas of energy, environment, natural resource management, and development planning. It is also envisaged that the conference will be able to generate shared solutions beneficial to the sustainability and also the findings and recommendations will be useful for GMSARN in its research programs as well as for the future GMS.

Conference Topics:


* Global and regional energy demand and supply
* Energy resource development policy
* Renewable energy and emerging technologies
* Biomass gasification and combustion
* Biofuels - Prospects for cleaner technology
* International and regional energy security
* Cogeneration and hybrid energy systems
* District heating and cooling
* Distributed generation
* Power system design and operation
* Power system planning and analysis
* Power system optimization
* Power system dynamics and stability
* Trans-boundary power exchange
* Pricing of electricity
* Restructuring of electric supply industry
* Independent power producers
* Demand-side management
* Integrated resource planning
* Regulation, promotion, and technologies for energy efficient buildings and industries
* Rational use of energy
* Energy modeling and simulation
* Energy efficiency and management
* Clean development mechanisms
* Emission trading


* Sustainable environmental sanitation systems and planning approaches
* Integrated approaches on health and environmental sanitation
* Trans-boundary pollution controls and practices
* Environmental contamination and remediation techniques
* Global climate change and its mitigation measures
* Appropriate technologies on waste reuse, recycling and recovery
* Water resources and environmental engineering


* Regional experience with community-based natural resources management
* Land use and land cover change in the GMS
* Intensification or diversification : alternative pathways to sustainable agriculture
* Gender and natural resources management in the GMS
* Irrigation systems in transition
* Integrated watershed management
* Land evaluation and monitoring for sustainable development
* Biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
* Integrated coastal management in the GMS
* Upland development in the GMS


* Regional economic integration: Opportunity and marginalization
* Gender equality and sustainable development
* Urban environmental management
* Local governance, civil society and people's participation
* Public-private partnership
* National development policies and development aid
* ICT for development
* Globalization and human rights
* Small and medium size enterprise development
* Cross border trade
* Migration
* Urban development
* Sustainable infrastructure development
* Eco-tourism

As a conference presenter or participant, you can be a part of this international event, which bring together members from the GMSARN network as well as other practitioners on the field, education, industry, private sector and governments. Please take note of the important dates as follows:

June 30, 2008: Deadline for extended abstracts submission

August 1, 2008: Notification of acceptance

September 19, 2008: Deadline for early bird registration and full paper submission

The early bird registration fee is 14,000 Baht (3,000 RMB). Late or on-site registration fee is 16,000 Baht (3,500 RMB). For participants from GMSARN member institutions, the registration fee is 9,000 Baht (2,000 RMB). The student fee is 7,000 Baht (1,500 RMB). This fee covers costs of lunch, refreshments, welcome dinner and conference kit.

The registration form, payment information and other conference details are available from the GMSARN website:

Any queries related to the conference may please be directed to the GMSARN Secretariat by email: [email protected]

or Contact
GMSARN Secretariat, Asian Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 4 Klong Luang Pathumthani Thailand 12120
Telephone: +66-2524-5437
Fax: +66-2524-6589

From 12 Nov 2008
Until 14 Nov 2008
Kunming, China
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