During March 12-14 in Hanoi,Vietnam, the USAID-funded Low Emissions Asian Development program organized a regional workshop on accessing finance for green growth and low emission development strategies  that brought together approximately 150 government officials and experts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as representatives from global climate change funds, state and private banks, and businesses.

Participants discussed options for funding low-emission, climate-resilient projects and initiatives in Southeast Asia through a variety of financing mechanisms – from public climate investment funds to programs for small and medium-sized enterprises – and also shared models and processes to accelerate scale-up and replication of low-carbon initiatives.

The event, organized under the umbrella of the Asia Low Emissions Development Strategies Partnership, was hosted by Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment, with additional support from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, SWITCH-Asia Network Facility, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update