With the increasing population in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), more than 40% of the population in the GMS will be living in cities by 2030. The subregion is one of the least urbanized areas in the world, but its cities are growing and their economic impact is being felt. Planning is needed to balance growth with preferably green growth and inclusiveness to avoid the ills and negative impacts of urbanization. This can be achieved through national urban strategies that ultimately lead to a GMS urban development strategy. Consequently, energy demand for the GMS is expected to reach 237,000 megawatts by 2025, a threefold increase compared to the 77,000 megawatts used in 2010 and requiring substantial investments in power generation. Also, balancing energy security, environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions from energy development, and social implications within the constraints of limited supply options are imperatives of today’s power development planning. The aim of this GMSARN 2019 is to focus on smart energy, environment, and development with sustainability in GMS countries to shape its future. To address these critical issues, the International Conference 2019 on “Smart Energy, Environment, and Development for Sustainable GMS” is a three-day platform for knowledge dissemination by a diverse group of researchers and participants.
The rationale of the GMSARN 2019 is to initiate and stimulate international discussions and exchange the innovative ideas. The conference can be used as an international platform on regional and trans-boundary perspectives. Therefore, it can contribute to sustainable development related to energy, environment and development. In this aspect, GMSARN conference is a unique hosting a wide range of various disciplines that would generate shared solutions and ideas to existing problems. In addition, this conference provides an ecosystem to disseminate the research and findings of development on various innovative and sustainable developments in GMS. It is also envisaged that the conference will benefit GMS education and research programs.