Asia Regional Program Updates

Last updated: July 13, 2020

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.

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. 

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