USAID’s Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and RECOFTC (The Center for People and Forests) organized the 2nd Regional Learning Group on Equitable Forest Governance from September 9 to 12 in Hue, Vietnam for 20 local government officials in the forestry sector from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
The USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) program, in coordination with the Greater Mekong Sub-region Environment Operations Center of the Asian Development Bank, has made available a large collection of Geographic Information System (GIS) data generated through the USAID Mekong ARCC Climate Change Impact and Adaptation Study for the Lower Mekong Basin.
With support from USAID, the Center for International Forestry Research recently published two working papers: “Motivations for Payments for Ecosystem Services in Laos: The Essential Alignment” and “A Review of the Legal and Policy Framework for the Payments for Ecosystem Services in Thailand.”
The USAID-funded Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) has launched a new grants program to help local organizations strengthen their work on ensuring responsible development in the Mekong region. From the release of its Annual Program Statement (APS) on August 29, MPE expects to increase civil society’s capacity to take part in decisions surrounding the development of large infrastructure projects.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced 26 new research projects in Asia funded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program a joint initiative designed to foster collaborative global research. Through this competitive grants program, USAID directly supports researchers in developing countries who work with U.S.
On the sidelines of the 47th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, the seventh Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting and the fourth meeting of Friends of Lower Mekong Meeting were took place under the chairmanship maintenance of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and United States Secretary of State. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affair Minister Pham Binh Minh led Vietnam to attend the conferences.
Bangkok, Thailand, August 1, 2014 –Bulbul and red avadavat dance from the shrubs and grass, as a gentle rain falls musically on the Golden Triangle. The mighty Mekong River slowly drifts down its banks, obliviously to the precipitation. In the distance, mountains brood with curling ominous clouds. These clouds indicate that the gentle rains currently falling, will soon give way to a torrential change. The Golden Triangle stands on the edge of the monsoon, with the Mekong River and its tributaries scheduled to soon slosh to and fro with overwhelming moisture.&n
NAYPYIDAW, 10 August 2014 (NNT) – The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on neighboring countries within the Lower Mekong River Basin to step up their cooperation towards regional development during the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.