Hue Presents Its Draft Climate Action Plan for Stakeholder Feedback

In an April 2 shared learning dialogue chaired by Mr. Phan Ngoc Tho, Vice-Chairman of the Thua Thian-Hue Provincial People’s Committee, participants presented a draft Climate Action Plan for Hue City for stakeholder feedback.The Climate Action Plan was produced under the USAID Mekong Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities Program, which is implemented by the…

University Outreach Aims to Reduce Tiger Bone Consumption in Vietnam

From April 14-18, Vietnamese students participated in a series of university outreach events to stop consumption of endangered species and their products.  The events focused on encouraging students to refrain from using ‘tiger bone glue’, a substance common in Vietnam promoted to treat a variety of ailments.The outreach event was part of a larger region-wide…

Enhancing Capacity to Conduct Rigorous Forest Carbon Stock Assessments in Southeast Asia

From March 24 to April 4, USAID’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program organized a Technical Training on Forest Carbon Assessment and Logging Emission Factor Development in Malaysia, which included participants from Malaysia, Vietnam, and Laos, and training experts from Winrock International.  The first week of training consisted of a Forest Carbon Assessment based at…

Asian Policymakers Improve Energy and Climate Change Policy Analysis

In recent weeks, the USAID Low Emissions Asian Development program conducted two regional workshops to help government agencies track energy consumption, production and resource extraction in all economic sectors.  Using an innovative tool, the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) System, the government agencies learned to conduct energy policy analyses and greenhouse gas mitigation assessments.The first…

Press Release: Lao PDR Hosts Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group

The Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic hosted over 90 delegates from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, the United States and the ASEAN Secretariat on March 20-21, 2014 for the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting.  The Lower Mekong Initiative is a multinational forum for addressing trans-boundary policy and development challenges in…

Remarks by Ambassador Clune at Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group

Landmark Hotel, VientianeVice Minister Bounkeut, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, and Ladies and Gentlemen:As you know, the Lower Mekong Initiative as created as a result of a meeting in 2009 between Secretary of State Clinton and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong countries as a vehicle for cooperation in facing shared challenges and opportunities in the…

LMI Phase 2 English Language Support Project Forum: Strengthening Professional Collaboration Skills

What happens when outstanding government officials, researchers, and lecturers from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand from the Agriculture and Food Security, Environment and Water Security, and Connectivity LMI pillars come together for a three-day forum in Bangkok?  A successful showcasing of presentation and leadership skills, energized networking, and the development of potential collaborative projects. Three participants…

News: Lower Mekong Countries, U.S. Boost Cooperation

Five lower Mekong countries and the United States are taking steps to boost cooperation in key areas to drive development in the region with the U.S. pledging further support to help address challenges faced by the region.Around 100 delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the US met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss cooperation…

USAID Supports Regional Dialogue on Financing Green Growth in Southeast Asia

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…

News: U.S. Meets with Lower Mekong Countries in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times) -- Five Lower Mekong countries and the United States are taking steps to boost cooperation in key areas to drive development in the region with the U.S. pledging further support to help address challenges faced by the region.Around 100 delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the U.S. met yesterday in…

The Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Hosted the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting

The Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic hosted over 90 delegates from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, the United States and the ASEAN Secretariat on March 20-21, 2014 for the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting.During the opening session, Vice Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak and United States Ambassador Daniel Clune discussed the…

Advancing Innovative Carbon Emissions Reduction Strategy in Vietnam

On March 6, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program supported partners from Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province in another big step toward adopting an innovative provincial REDD+ action plan.The provincial plan’s aim is to reduce emissions by 27 percent by 2020 and integrate emissions reduction activities into the provincial forest protection and development plan.…