Call for Proposals: Submit Applications for Pilot Demonstrations under the GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program  


The GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program (CCESP) is now accepting demonstration applications for the program’s six priority themes:

  • climate and disaster resilience,
  • low-carbon transitions,
  • climate-smart landscapes,
  • environmental quality through pollution control and sustainable waste management,
  • digital technology for climate actions and environmental sustainability, and
  • financing low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure and technology.

Demonstrations are one of the main activities of the CCESP in order to help enhance climate resilience, green growth, and environmental quality in the GMS. The program plans to have 27 demonstrations relating to the different themes (such as demonstrations on gender-responsive community resilience projects, and on the circular economy, pollution control, and waste management, etc.). Theme 1 demonstrations will have a budget of $40,000, while Themes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 demonstrations will have a budget of $100,000.

Through these demonstrations, the CCESP plans to pilot climate action practices, innovative technologies, and financing instruments. These demonstrations could eventually be scaled up or lead to wider investments. 


Who should submit?

The proposals can be developed and submitted by any of the following entities:

  • Working Group on Environment (WGE) coordinators and relevant government departments and agencies
  • Development partners
  • Civil society organizations, national government organizations, and community-based organizations
  • Private sector
  • Academia and research institutes


What are some examples of demonstration ideas?

Below are some ideas from initial discussions with the WGE based on the six themes:

  • Climate and disaster resilience – gender-responsive community resilience projects (only)
  • Low-carbon transitions – green freight; low-carbon agriculture; green energy technologies
  • Climate-smart landscapes – transboundary landscape project; capacity building for rangers in protected areas
  • Environmental quality through pollution control and sustainable waste management – air-water-soil-plastic pollution from agriculture and industry emissions/effluents/wastes, plastic pollution due to COVID-19
  • Digital technology for climate actions and environmental sustainability – application of blockchain technology for waste management; drone technology for forest management
  • Financing low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure  and technologies –demonstrations on innovative climate and disaster risk financing instruments; improving financial mechanisms for the natural resources and environment sector (e.g., nature-based solutions and climate-smart agriculture); financing the decarbonization of the transportation and energy sectors (e.g., demonstration on the use of emissions trading mechanisms and carbon credits)


How to submit and by when?

  • Proposals must be submitted using this proposal form, providing all the information needed.
  • Email the proposal to Ms. Qudsia Sadiq at
  • Deadline for proposals is until 1 July 2022 (with exceptions to extension, if enough proposals are not received).


How will the applications be shortlisted or selected?

The demonstrations will be selected based on the criteria below. The assessment will be conducted by the technical lead of each theme in collaboration with external experts, followed by an endorsement through a joint meeting with the GMS Working Group on Environment (WGE) focal points and coordinators. Lastly, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide approval and contractual agreements for implementation. For complete details on the application process, please read the concept note.





Clarity of concept notes with clear outputs, implementation plan, and achievable within timeframe



Having transboundary characteristics, and/or meeting the national needs and interest



Building on previous achievements, successes, and supporting national policy/strategies



Having sufficient capacity, staffing, commitment and institutional support for carrying out the demonstrations



Resulting in increased capacity for up-taking innovative technologies and financing modality for enhanced climate resilience, green development, and environmental quality



Gender inclusiveness and participation (at least 30% of women benefiting from demonstration)



Collaboration of private sector or civil society organizations in project implementation or cofinancing.



Regional upscaling



High potential for large investment in the GMS Investment Framework


Final selection of proposals will be made within August and September 2022. The selected proposals will be announced in this page and winning applicants will be notified by email. If you have questions or clarifications, please email Ms. Qudsia Sadiq at  

Last Updated: 8 July 2022