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August 30, 2015

Description of Requirements

The United States government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), invites qualified companies/individuals to submit cost proposal of the services specified below. This is to support the operation of USAID/RDMA, Bangkok Thailand.

Proposal submission and questions regarding this Request for Quotation (RFQ) shall be ONLY via email to spoomtong@usaid.gov by the time/date specified above.

The award of a contract hereunder is subject to the availability of funds. Issuance of this RFQ does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of the U.S. Government, nor does it commit the U.S. Government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a quotation.

August 24, 2015

Description of Requirements

The United States government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), invites qualified companies/individuals to submit cost proposal of the services specified below. This is to support the operation of USAID/RDMA, Bangkok Thailand.

Proposal submission and questions regarding this Request for Proposal (RFP) shall be ONLY via email to spoomtong@usaid.gov by the time/date specified above.

The award of a contract hereunder is subject to the availability of funds. Issuance of this RFP does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of the U.S. Government, nor does it commit the U.S. Government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal.

August 18, 2015

Description of Requirements

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), invites qualified companies/individuals to submit a technical and cost quotation for services specified below. This is to support the USAID Regional Development Mission Asia operations in Bangkok, Thailand.

Questions regarding this Request for Quotation (RFQ) and quotation submissions must be via email only to spoomtong@usaid.gov by the time/date specified above.

The award of a contract hereunder is subject to the availability of funds. Issuance of this RFQ does not constitute an award or commitment on the part of the U.S. Government, nor does it commit the U.S. Government to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a quotation.

August 12, 2015

Executive Summary

Economic growth is driving the need for dramatic increases in energy production in the Lower Mekong1 region, most of which is based on conventional energy sources: coal, natural gas, oil, and large-scale hydropower. The impacts will be far-reaching, both for global greenhouse gas emissions as well as for regional eco-systems, human health, fisheries and livelihoods throughout the Mekong basin. While Lower Mekong countries expect to triple their renewable energy capacity in solar, wind and biomass in the next 10 years, they are starting from a low baseline of only 3,500 megawatts (MW), therefore increased capacity would still only account for a small percentage (less than 10%) of installed capacity.

To better inform how best to influence the regional approach to increased use of clean energy, a group of regional experts with domain expertise in clean energy, energy efficiency, and the environment participated in a roundtable discussion in April 2015. This report summarizes the key outcomes of those discussions and is designed to provide input on next steps in the regional approach to increased clean energy capacity.

Experts agreed that energy security, energy access and energy supply and demand were the most critical energy issues facing the region. After further elaborating on the key components of the regional landscape, experts identified the potential for regional integration, availability of renewable energy technologies, and availability of financial mechanisms as some of the greatest opportunities for the region. Conversely, experts considered fragmented policy, coordination across ministries, lack of an independent regulatory body and the lack of integrated and transparent planning to be the most significant barriers.

Given the political, environmental, and socio-economic factors in the Lower Mekong, local experts worked together to create possible pathways for implementing Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy (EERE) at scale in their region. Although a wide variety of strategies were presented and discussed, experts agreed that stakeholder involvement in several key arenas (including business partners, government agencies, legislative bodies, utility providers, research institutions, and media partnerships) was essential to the success of EERE initiatives.

USAID initiated this roundtable to be a platform where experts can benefit from exchanging their ideas on the critical energy issues in the region while concurrently providing expert guidance for USAID’s participation in the Sustainable Mekong Energy Initiative.

August 10, 2015

Economic growth is driving the need for dramatic increases in energy production in the Lower Mekong region, most of which is based on conventional energy sources: coal, natural gas, oil, and large-scale hydropower. The impacts will be far-reaching, both for global greenhouse gas emissions as well as for regional eco-systems, human health, fisheries and livelihoods throughout the Mekong basin. While Lower Mekong countries expect to triple their renewable energy capacity in solar, wind and biomass in the next 10 years, they are starting from a low baseline of only 3,500 megawatts (MW), therefore increased capacity would still only account for a small percentage (less than 10%) of installed capacity.

August 5, 2015

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership between the United States Agency for International Development, the “Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center” and the “Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security” works to strengthen regional cooperation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, promote sustainable fisheries and conserve marine biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region.

DEVELOPING A CATCH DOCUMENTATION & TRACEABILITY SYSTEM

Southeast Asia houses some of the world’s most productive and biodiverse marine ecosystems. These ecosystems provide food and income to over 200 million people in the region; however, unsustainable fishing practices threaten biodiversity, food security and livelihoods. The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership supports the development of a transparent and financially sustainable catch documentation and traceability system to help ensure that fisheries resources are legally caught and properly labeled. This risk-based, electronic system will be applied to wild capture fisheries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region and will be based on the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. The partnership collaborates with technology companies to harness the latest communication and traceability innovations.

CONSERVING MARINE BIODIVERSITY & PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY

To enhance the fisheries sector sustainability and ecosystem productivity, the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership helps regional organizations with harmonizing oversight policies, providing standard training curricula and developing joint initiative on sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation. Close coordination, communication and collaboration among regional stakeholders will also enhance the effectiveness and implementation of the catch documentation and traceability system.

ENHANCING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND INVESTMENT

To improve transparency in the seafood supply chain and to help ensure successful implementation, the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership engages a variety of fisheries stakeholders and forms new partnerships among governments, regional institutions and the private sector. Developing partnerships in the commercial seafood industry anchors the partnership’s efforts in market realities and provides increased scale and sustainability for project investments.

PARTNERS

The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center is the technical and operational arm for fisheries matters in the region and the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security is an intergovernmental collaboration to conserve marine and fisheries resources. Both are important partners that will help design and implement project activities with fisheries and environment agencies in the region. Other partners include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the U.S. Department of the Interior; the UN Food and Agriculture Organization; Tetra Tech ARD; Verite; and the Government of Sweden.

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