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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Sok Siphanna, a senior advisor to the government and U.S. ambassador to ASEAN, Mr. David Carden.
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.
“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 climate-related benefits.
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 equity in the context of forest management for climate change mitigation.