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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:30pm

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR – Continuing the United States’ support to the Lao PDR in its mission to end human trafficking, the U.S. Government and Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare formally launched the three-year Laos Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) program at a ceremony in Vientiane on January 13. Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that marks the start of the $2.3 million program, which is funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Ending human trafficking is a top priority for the United States, and a goal that we share with our Lao counterparts,” said Ambassador Bitter. “We are proud to support the Lao government in its effort to prevent human trafficking and we continue to expand our commitment to a strong, prosperous, and independent Lao PDR.”

USAID Launches New Public Service Announcements to Tackle Rhino Horn Consumption
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 6:45am

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Wildlife Asia released two Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of its Chi Initiative Phase III. The Chi Initiative focuses on reducing demand for rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products among Vietnamese businessmen – a key consumer population. Vietnam is a key destination and transit country for rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products. Reducing demand for rhino products in the country is integral to decreasing trade flows and combating poaching.

USAID Announces Partnership with Rabo Foundation to Sustainably Invest in Asia’s Future
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 4:00am

USAID is partnering with Rabo Foundation to accelerate the foundation’s ability to invest sustainably by designing and conducting carbon monitoring of the foundation’s investments. Beginning with its pilot efforts in Indonesia, this partnership will enable Rabo Foundation to make more climate-conscious investments.

USAID Helps Fish Return to the Pursat River
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:45am

A USAID-funded project along the Pursat River is helping the nutrition and livelihoods of Cambodians living along one of the Tonle Sap’s primary tributaries.

Influential Thais Ask Public to Shun Ivory and Tiger Amulets
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 1:00am

As part of efforts to reduce the use of amulets made from endangered elephant and tigers, WildAid, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) are launching a campaign called “A good life is free of killing #ชีวิตดีต้องไร้ฆ่า” featuring spiritual and key opinion leaders.  In a video, the Venerable Phramedhivajirodom (V.Vajiramedhi), a highly respected Thai Buddhist monk; actress “Top” Daraneenute Pasutanavin; and Thai actor and director Bhin Banloerit, call on the public to avoid using “good luck charms” made from threatened wildlife for those that may otherwise use them in their spiritual practices.

Top Fashion Influencers Join USAID’s “Beautiful Without Ivory” Campaign
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 2:30am

USAID launched a new lifestyle multi-media campaign today, “Beautiful Without Ivory”, that aims to deter women from buying and wearing ivory jewelry and accessories and reduce social acceptability of ivory products.

U.S. Ambassador Announces Emergency Relief for Southern Laos
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 3:30am

U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter announced a Disaster Declaration, and the immediate release of $100,000 in emergency relief in flood-affected areas of southern Laos.  The people of the United States are concerned about the ongoing floods in southern Laos and are proud to support the people of the Lao PDR during this difficult time. 

Thai and Tanzanian Journalists Join Hands to Combat Wildlife Crime
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:15am

This week in Thailand, journalists from Tanzania joined forces with their Thai counterparts to explore wildlife conservation and trafficking issues. The trip was part of a two-way exchange. In June, Thai journalists traveled to Tanzania to learn about wildlife trafficking from a source country perspective. The Thai side of the exchange focuses on issues related to the demand for illegal wildlife products.

USAID works alongside Vietnam’s National Assembly on effective wildlife conservation through demand reduction
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 8:30am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the USAID Wildlife Asia activity, in partnership with the Office of the National Assembly, brought together top government leaders and relevant stakeholders today for a featured dialogue aimed at evaluating the country’s communication work on endangered species conservation. The high-level event reflects a deliberative process to put forward concerted demand reduction efforts that will bring an end to the consumption of illegal wildlife products in Vietnam.

USAID Timor-Leste Mission Director, Diana Putman, provides keynote remarks, alongside Mr. Acacio Guterres, Timor-Leste’s Director General for Fisheries.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 3:00am

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) convened representatives from Coral Triangle member countries in Dili, Timor-Leste, to continue the region’s progress toward fully traceable, sustainable and equitable fisheries.  

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Last updated: November 23, 2018

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