Asia Regional Program Updates

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Last updated: February 08, 2021

February 7, 2021

The United States Agency for International Development’s Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) recently released “Commodity-Driven Forest Loss: A Study of Southeast Asia”, a report exploring tradeoffs between agricultural production and forest conservation and offering a range of data-driven recommendations to guide land use decision makers, the private sector, and development partners in promoting sustainable economic and low emission development strategies.

January 22, 2021

Led by Winrock International, and supported by the corporate sustainability and global development consultancy Resonance, the USAID Asia Counter-Trafficking in Persons (USAID Asia CTIP) and the USAID Thailand Counter-Trafficking in Persons (USAID Thailand CTIP) programs are driving positive change in the oft-maligned Thai seafood and fishing industry by partnering with Mars Petcare to support sustainable and ethical practices. The partnership is piloting a communication technology to improve connectivity and safety for fishers while at sea, establishing an effective response protocol for the industry, and promoting industry adoption of ethical recruitment practices. 

July 27, 2020

The Lower Mekong basin is rich in biodiversity.  However, there are considerable knowledge gaps in the threats facing existing biodiversity.  Through Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER), USAID is supporting a regional network of scientists to better understand some of the region’s most pressing biodiversity challenges.  This support contributes to USAID’s objective of improving natural resource management under the U.S. Government’s Indo-Pacific Vision.

July 6, 2020

Over one year after an inaugural sustainable coconut roundtable was held in Malaysia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and global cacao corporate, Barry Callebaut, reconvened coconut  buyers via webinar on June 30 to continue efforts to prevent a global coconut shortfall through a sustainable sourcing charter. Sustainable sourcing –  reducing the social and environmental fallout from coconut production – promises to increase climate-smart coconuts in an industry where demand far outstrips supply.

May 22, 2020

USAID Mekong Safeguards provides policy makers, government regulators, major financiers, and contractors with the information and tools they need to apply environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards for infrastructure development in the Lower Mekong region. This activity advances the U.S. Government’s Indo-Pacific Vision by helping Lower Mekong countries build locally-developed solutions, improve transparency in infrastructure decision-making, and accelerate the role of private sector as a driver of development.