USAID Supports Small and Medium Enterprise Growth in Lower Mekong Countries

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for over 95% of all business in ASEAN and over 50% of employment in the region.  Their contribution to GDP is generally significant, about 30-53 percent.   Moreover, they are a key entry point into the formal economy for women and youth.  ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment Project is…

Cambodia Hosts Lower Mekong Initiative Meeting to Build Sustainable Regional Cooperation

The Royal Government of Cambodia hosted over 80 delegates from Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States in Siem Reap on November 6-7, 2013 for the 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting.  Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam…

Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Vietnam

From October 28 - November 1, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program held a technical training on forest carbon stratification and estimating historical emissions in Da Lat, Vietnam. The hands-on training allowed 27 Vietnamese geospatial analysts and foresters to develop a preliminary reference level for Lam Dong Province to be approved by the…

Triple Bottom Line Training Helps Lower Mekong Countries Assess Value of Protected Areas

“Triple bottom line” valuation is an approach used to assess the full value of protected natural resource areas, like national parks, accounting for the economic, social, and environmental benefits they provide to society.  As a result, policymakers, park managers, and other stakeholders are better equipped to capture the full value provided by protected areas, including…

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Integrating the ASEAN Healthcare Sector through Increased Medical Devices Harmonization

The harmonization of medical devices across the region is vital to having an integrated healthcare sector, which remains a priority as ASEAN moves towards an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.  To boost the capacity of medical device regulators and medical device industry, more than 190 participants took part in two trainings on Medical Device Harmonization…

NEWS: Cambodia to Host 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting

Cambodia will host the 5th meeting of regional working group of Lower Mekong Initiative to be held from 6-7 Nov in Siem Reap province, the media release said.The meeting will focus on agriculture, food safety, education, energy safety, and environment and water resource and health issues and other related issues.The meeting will be chaired by Mr.…

Integrating Gender Equality in Climate Change Planning in Vietnam

From October 21-25, the Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program held a Gender Integrated Planning in Climate Change/REDD+ Training in Nghe An Province, Vietnam.  Held in partnership with Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (WOCAN) and the Vietnam Forestry Administration (VNFOREST), this was the second training in a regional series…

Strengthening Grassroots Capacity on Equity in Forest Management in the Lower Mekong

USAID's Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) launched its two-year capacity development series in Bangkok on October 14-18.  Over 21 grassroots civil society organizations (CSOs) from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam participated in the course designed to strengthen their abilities as facilitators to explain the concept and principles of…

Promoting Quality of Medicines Program’s Technical Assistance Supports ASEAN Regional Harmonization Strategy

With the financial support from USAID/Philippines, USAID/Indonesia, and the Presidential Malaria Initiative through USAID/RDMA, the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program conducted two successful training workshops in conjunction with the ASEAN Pharmaceutical Product Working Group  for the medicines regulatory agencies of ASEAN member states.In September more than 35 inspectors from ASEAN member states—Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia,…

Advancing Vietnam’s National REDD+ Fund and Accounting Framework

With support from the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) project, the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) organized a technical meeting to discuss the REDD+ Fund proposal and the development of a national REDD+ accounting framework for Vietnam.  Fifty participants representing government departments, international donors, and provinces that are implementing REDD+ gathered in Hanoi…

Fellowships Available under the LMI Environment and Water Pillar

The MyCOE / SERVIR Initiative is currently accepting proposals for a seven months fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students from Lower Mekong countries.  Interested students should propose a research project that will provide a lasting impact in addressing challenges in Climate Change, Sustainable Landscapes and/or Watersheds.  Proposals are due November 3, 2013. Proposals must also include an outreach component to share results with local…