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.…

Young Leaders from LMI Countries Visiting the U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Evan Ryan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Stevenson and Lower Mekong Initiative Lead Officer Matt Yarrington met with a group of 17 young political leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at the start of their program at…

Newsletter to Promote Grassroots Equity in the Lower Mekong Forests

USAID's Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong Program recently released the second issue of its bi-annual newsletter that showcases news and views on social equity in forest-based climate change mitigation policy and highlights equity resources from the region and beyond.The most recent issue shares updates on ongoing and upcoming program activities such as…