Asia Regional Program Updates

Last updated: May 22, 2020

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.

May 15, 2020

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its USAID Green Invest Asia project, facilitated more than 30 Cambodian banks’ carbon accounting efforts as part of a partnership with the Association of Banks in Cambodia. In a May 13 webinar, USAID Green Invest Asia convened consulting firm, South Pole, and Rabo Foundation to share processes and profit incentives for banks to report on carbon emissions.

April 30, 2020

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Green Invest Asia project, successfully facilitated an equity investment by international financial institutions into Grandis Timber, Cambodia’s first and only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified plantation. The buyer, a leading Cambodian commercial reforestation company, has pledged to retain the plantation’s FSC certification and status as a leading example of sustainable forestry in Cambodia.

April 8, 2020

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Green Invest Asia project, has launched a study on cocoa-coconut intercropping that will help increase the farmers’  income and lower carbon emissions in the southern Philippines. 

March 30, 2020

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia is partnering with Jacobs Douwe Egberts – one of the world’s largest coffee and tea traders – and its non-profit partner, IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, to measure the impact of the two organizations’ joint sustainable coffee activities in Vietnam.

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