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July 24, 2014

HANOI, July 24, 2014 -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Vietnam Institute for Urban-Rural Planning (VIUP) under the Ministry of Construction jointly held a workshop today to showcase a new urban planning tool that protects communities and critical infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

As the climate continues to change, Vietnam is increasingly at risk for flooding, extreme heat and sea level rise.  These disasters can disrupt homes, businesses and agriculture, impacting the livelihoods of many Vietnamese. Developed to help reduce disaster risks, the Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST) can project climate change impacts and suggest ways that urban planning can be used to adapt. By bringing together information about the impacts of climate change—information that is typically found in multiple places and is hard for non-scientists to interpret—into one place, the tool helps cities avoid infrastructure development in most at-risk areas and make better decisions about which areas are safe to develop more intensively as the population grows.

Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Jason Foley speaks at the launching ceremony.
May 6, 2014

Over the past decade Vietnam has experienced exponential economic growth. While this is an enviable position to be in, I understand there are serious concerns as to how the country is going to fuel this rapid expansion. By implementing a robust program to promote energy efficiency, the Ministry of Construction can have a meaningful effect on national rates of energy consumption and save significant amounts in power production to boost energy security.  Another significant impact is the lowering of growth in greenhouse gas emissions.

April 22, 2014

With U.S. Government support, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today launched a regional network to highlight the successes of women entrepreneurs contributing to economic development and help them address challenges they face in finance, networking and training.

April 22, 2014

Today, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United States and the U.S. private sector launched a partnership to promote small and medium enterprise (SME) development and growth to bolster trade across the region.

Ambassador David Shear speaks at the ceremony.
April 19, 2014

Vietnam and the United States today jointly commissioned a thermal treatment system that will remediate 45,000 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated soil that has been excavated and placed inside a containment structure at Danang airport. The historic Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contamination Project is an important milestone in the bilateral relationship and for the people of Danang.

U.S. Ambassador David Shear speaks at the launch of Ha Long Bay Alliance.
April 15, 2014

The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with Quang Ninh People’s Committee, today launched the “Ha Long Bay Alliance,” a joint public-private effort that will bring together U.S. and Vietnamese government officials, private sector business partners, and key local and national stakeholders to help preserve and protect Ha Long Bay. The Alliance will be supported with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Last updated: July 24, 2014

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