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December 18, 2019

Wildlife trafficking - the poaching and illicit trade of marine and terrestrial animals - is one of USAID’s highest priority biodiversity concerns. Global wildlife crime continues to rise at exponential rates and has reached crisis levels – a black market estimated at up to $20 billion/year. Southeast Asia is a major center for the wildlife trade as a consumer, transit route, and supplier of illegal wildlife products. Over the last ten years, Vietnam has seen a dramatic increase in the illegal trade and consumption of rhino horn and ivory from Africa as well as increased consumption of pangolins, big cats, and other endangered species.

December 18, 2019

The Government of Vietnam (GVN) plans to add more than 40 gigawatts of coal-fired energy generation by 2030 to meet the country’s rapidly increasing electricity demand and sustain economic growth. V-LEEP works closely with the GVN at a national and provincial level to develop and implement policies that support scaling up clean energy. V-LEEP also works with Vietnam’s private sector to accelerate clean energy development and increase adoption of energy efficient solutions by the country’s industries.

December 12, 2019

Beehive stoves, which are popular in Vietnam, rely on coal and produce significant amounts of carbon monoxide, which can be toxic to human and animal health. It is estimated that Hanoi alone consumes approximately 528 tons of coal and produces 1,870 tons of carbon dioxide per day. USAID's Clean Air Green Cities activity has been working closely with the Hanoi Department of National Resources and Environment as well as urban districts to reduce the use of coal beehive stoves by mobilizing local partners to take collective action and advocate for clean air.

December 12, 2019

On December 4, USAID’s Raising Voices, Creating Opportunities activity launched Vietnam’s first transition house for persons with disabilities in Thua Thien-Hue province. Located at the Rehabilitation Department of the Health Clinic Center in Phu Vang district, this transition house follows the national construction standards approved by the Ministry of Construction and provides opportunities for persons with disabilities to practice their daily living functions so that they can fully integrate themselves into society and lead an independent life. USAID will support the replication of this model to other districts of Thua Thien-Hue province and also to Quang Tri and Quang Nam provinces.

December 5, 2019

USAID is supporting the development of a strong and prosperous private sector that bolsters Vietnam’s economic growth by helping remove constraints to, and build the competitiveness of, small and growing businesses in Vietnam, including those led by women and ethnic minority populations. On December 5, USAID joined the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Vietnam Women’s Union to host the first ever co-creation workshop to gather feedback to inform the design of the upcoming USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness project, which will be implemented from 2020 to 2025.

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Last updated: December 26, 2019

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