At the 15th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting held 1 October 2010 at Kuching, Sarawak, the countries decided to streamline the strategic thrusts of the program into three pillars in order to focus and further consolidate various sectoral initiatives. Taking into account the recommendations of the ASEAN Midterm Review (MTR), as well as recent directives from the Summit meetings, it was decided that the BIMP-EAGA program would be structured around three strategic pillars, namely: (i) Enhanced Connectivity; (ii) Food Basket Strategy; and (iii) Tourism Development (Figure 2).  At the 20th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting, held at Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on 20-21 October 2011, a fourth strategic pillar on Environment was added, consistent with the Roadmap’s thrust on natural resources management, and to highlight the urgency of addressing the new environmental challenges in the region.  The IB is thus anchored on the four strategic pillars that will guide cooperation over the five-year period 2012-2016.

An overriding principle across the strategic pillars is the need to ensure a proper sequencing and synergy of projects so that progress made under each pillar contributes to the delivery of the other pillars in a more coherent way. As connectivity increases and strengthens in terms of both hardware and software elements, collaboration in promoting in-country and cross-country community-based ecotourism activities could be facilitated.  Promoting BIMP-EAGA as the regional food basket would also depend on having adequate infrastructure connectivity that would facilitate the movement of goods and people, but at the same time, this could also have serious implications on the use of land, forest and marine resources as sources of food supply. The cumulative impacts on the environment of increased economic activity along the corridors in relation to transport infrastructure, urbanization and its attendant impacts on air and water quality, land conversion, and the welfare of indigenous peoples, among others, must be carefully monitored and addressed.

BIMP-EAGA Implementation Blueprint (IB): Strategic*, Operational and Results Framework

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