Published on Friday, 15 May 2015






Occasional Paper 31 -ACMECS Bioenergy 2015 - Three Years of Efforts Towards a Regional Bioenergy Network


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           Biomass is one of alternative sources for energy to substitute fossil fuel consumption. ACMECS countries (viz. Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) have the same goal in increasing production and utilization of biomass for energy to decrease fossil fuel dependency. It therefore benefits not only energy security enhancement but also raising life quality of their people particularly in rural areas.

             According to the 1st and the 2nd ACMECS Bioenergy Workshop in 2013 and 2014 under the titles: “Potential of Biomass for Bioenergy in ACMECS Countries” and “Biomass for Community Energy: Production and Utilization Technology” respectively, the five countries address their high potential of available biomass feedstock for energy. Main sources of biomass for energy in the region are agricultural wastes, thus ACMECS countries recognize a problem of their seasonal availability. They notably increase their attention to energy crop plantation and relevant research and development to sustain biomass for energy production and utilization in the region. Biomass for energy production and utilization are concerned in national energy policy of each ACMECS country. However, the utilization of biomass for energy in ACMECS countries except Thailand and Vietnam are limited and mostly in traditional way which are low efficiency. Technology and knowledge transfer as well as investment are necessary to reach a concrete achievement of biomass for energy production and utilization in the region.

             Biomass for energy production and utilization are questioned about land competition and climate change mitigation. Sustainable and standardized production and utilization of biomass for bioenergy are needed to increase the competitiveness of biomass for energy of ACMECS countries in the world market as well as reduce severity of environmental crisis. National and regional strategies are really needed for sustainability of biomass for energy production and utilization. The effective strategies can elevate both national and regional economic and social quality.


1) To exchange and transfer useful information about standard of biomass production and utilization for energy among ACMECS countries

2) To develop the national and regional strategies to raise biomass for energy marketplace of ACMECS countries

3) To enhance sustainable biomass for energy production and utilization in ACMECS region to relieve environmental crisis and increase competitiveness of biomass for energy from ACMECS countries to the world market

4) To strengthen the biomass and bioenergy network within ACMECS countries

Date and venue

8–11 December 2015

Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand




Cambodia              6           Participants

Myanmar               6           Participants

Laos                      6           Participants

Vietnam                 6           Participants                

Thailand                 20         Participants

Total                      44         Participants

2. Non-ACMECS Member

20 Participants

Organizing agencies

Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA),

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Royal Government of Thailand

KasetsartAgricultural and Agro-industrial Product Improvement Institute (KAPI),

Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) 319 Chamchuri Square Building 14th Fl., Phayathai Rd., Patumwan, Bangkok, Thailand

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
Marxergasse 2 A-1030 Vienna, Austria

Workshop committee and coordinator


Director General of TICA

Mrs Warunee Thanapase, Director of KAPI

Associate Professor Dr Songkram Thammincha,  Kasetsart University

Assistant Professor Dr Bunvong Thaiutsa, Kasetsart University

Mr Khongsak Pinyopusarerk, CSIRO Australia

Ms Pin Sridurongkatum, TICA

Mr Vitoon Luangviriyasaeng, Royal Forest Department

Regional Coordinator

Dr Maliwan Haruthaithanasan, KAPI, Kasetsart University

50 Ngamwongwan, Ladyao, Chatujak, Bangkok 10900 Thailand

Tel./Fax. +66-2-9428700

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IUFRO SFBN Task Force Coordinator

Dr Viktor Bruckman, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
1010 Vienna Tel. (+43 1) 51581-0

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ACMECS Country Coordinators

Mr Ma Soktha                                     Forest Administration, Cambodia

Assoc.Prof.DrHoungphet Chanthavong  National University of Laos, Lao PDR

Mr Mehm Ko Ko Gyi                            Ecosystem Conservation and Community        Development Initiative (ECCDI), Myanmar

Ms Duong Thanh Hoa                         Institute of Forest Tree Improvement and  Biotechnology, Vietnam 

Secretariat Team

Dr Warawut Suphamitmongkol, KAPI

Ms Tepa Phudphong, KAPI

Ms Suwanoot Tuntragul, KAPI

Ms Orracha Sae-Tun, KAPI

Supporting Team

Mr Kasem Haruthaithanasan, KAPI

Mr Yutthana Banchong, KAPI

Ms Chonlada Buratcharin, KAPI

Mr Eakpong Tanawat, KAPI

Ms Pavina Badan, KAPI

Ms Tanapa Thepchatri, KAPI