The Philippine Government crushed over five tons of confiscated ivory tusks from approximately 850 elephants worth an estimated P420 million (US$10 million) to show its support against illegal ivory trade. This is the first known mass destruction of elephant ivory outside of Africa, where the vast majority of the trafficked tusks originate.
A team of scientists today released the results from a study on climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin. A major finding in the study forecasts changes in temperature and rainfall altering the suitability for some important industrial and food crops in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The U.S. Agency for International Development/Asia today announced a new initiative to combat illegal wildlife trade between Asia and Africa.
A team of U.S.-supported international specialists has recently completed an eight month installation of a new state-of-the-art disaster monitoring and response system for ASEAN at the Jakarta-based ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). The installation was supported by the U.S. Government-funded ASEAN-U.S. Technical Assistance and Training Facility.
Bangkok— U.S. Agency for International Development/Asia Mission Director Michael Yates and Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency Director General Piroon Laismit pledged to increase their collaboration on development in Asia today by signing an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a public ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok. The signing of the document represents an important step forward in USAID’s relationship with the Government of Thailand as a donor country.
Last updated: December 12, 2013