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…

Local Governance Tool Builds Climate Resilience in Thailand and Vietnam

Under the USAID Mekong–Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities program, the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, the Vietnam National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies, and the Thailand Environment Institute released a new report, Assessing City Resilience: Lessons from Using the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Local Government Self-Assessment…

Refining Climate Adaptation and Resilience Approaches for Local Communities in the Lower Mekong

The USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change project organized a two-day meeting in Bangkok, Thailand to focus on its technical approach to supporting community climate change adaptation in the Lower Mekong Basin.  Participants, including International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Wildlife Fund, and Asian Management and Development Institute, represented project sites in…

Local Government and Stakeholders in Vietnam Work Together for Climate Resilience

Under USAID's Mekong–Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities project, city partners in Hue, Vietnam began a shared planning process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to develop decision support tools to improve flood management.Vulnerability assessments previously conducted by local government partners as part of the project identified the linkages between flooding and urban…

Vietnam’s National Committee on Propaganda Supports Plan to Reduce Wildlife Consumption

The USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) Program, in partnership with the World Bank and Global Environment Facility, supported Vietnam’s Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) to develop a plan to reduce the illegal consumption of wildlife.  The BCA plan was presented to Vietnam’s Central Committee for Propaganda and Education (CCPE) on December 17,…

Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI)

Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), launched in 2009, is a multinational partnership among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States to create integrated sub-regional cooperation among the five Lower Mekong countries.  LMI serves as a platform to address complex, transnational development and policy challenges in the Lower Mekong sub-region.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjLLkc3o6Uw

U.S. Helps Vietnam Prepare for Climate Risks, Kerry Says

Washington — Ca Mau, Vietnam, is among three places on the planet most vulnerable to predicted adverse effects of climate change.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the province December 15 to better understand the magnitude of the threat and the activity underway to mitigate the risks.The southernmost tip of Vietnam is just slightly…

Remarks on Climate Change and the Environment

John Kerry, Secretary of StateKien Vang Market Pier, Mekong Delta, VietnamSECRETARY KERRY: I want to thank Dr. Dang Kieu Nhan for – from Can Tho, from the Can Tho University, who just gave me, over the course of our boat ride, a briefing, and before the boat ride, a really eye-opening briefing about the effect of…

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Vietnam Cooperation on the Environment

Office of the SpokespersonWashington, DCThe United States and Vietnam are working closely together to tackle some of the most difficult environmental challenges of our day.  Our efforts focus on climate change, clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, ecosystem and water resource management, and wildlife trafficking.Lower Mekong InitiativeThe United States and Vietnam co-chair the Lower Mekong Initiative’s Environment…

Vietnamese Youth Learn about Protecting Endangered Species

Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV), a partner of the USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) program, continued their public outreach program with wildlife trade exhibits at universities in Vietnam.  Hundreds of students visited the exhibits at Sai Gon University and Ho Chi Minh City University of the Food Industry held on December 1…

Creating a Vietnamese National REDD+ Fund

On November 29, over 100 participants representing government departments, international donors and provinces that implement Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) gathered in Hanoi for a National Consultation Workshop on the Third Draft Proposal on Establishment of a Viet Nam REDD+ Fund.  The consultation was organized by the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry…