The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new project on October 20 that will assist Vietnam’s transition to climate-smart and low-emission development through improved forest protection, enhanced biodiversity conservation, and increased resilience of communities.
USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia, Ms. Gloria Steele, announced the USAID Green Annamites Project during a meeting with leaders of the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee. Running from 2016 to 2020 the project will invest approximately $24 million in central Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue provinces.
“Climate change work is an important part of our strategy in Vietnam,” said Ms. Steele. “This project is designed to improve people’s incomes by promoting investment in climate-smart agriculture while at the same time conserving Vietnam’s natural forests and biodiversity. Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue provinces are demonstrating how sustainable development can contribute to Vietnam’s efforts to achieve low emissions and resilient economic growth.”
Forests play a critical role in Vietnam by protecting watersheds, preventing soil erosion, mitigating climate change, and providing for resilient communities. They are also home to rare and endemic species found only in these areas. Unfortunately, Vietnam’s forests, and the people and species that depend on them, are under increased pressure from unsustainable development.
The USAID Green Annamites Project, working in tandem with provincial authorities, will engage small-holder farmers and their families to improve livelihoods and increase investment in climate-smart agriculture while conserving the natural biodiversity of the two provinces.
Climate change is a priority issue that directly threatens achieving Vietnam’s sustainable development goals. To accelerate the country’s transition to low-emission development, USAID supports its response to climate change through adaptation, sustainable landscapes, and clean energy programs.
USAID has had other specific plans recently to support Vietnam in climate change and renewable energy. It signed a memorandum of understanding with Coca-Cola Vietnam on October 19 to establish a partnership to increase the use of renewable energy and improve industrial energy efficiency in the country. The two will work together to develop renewable energy-based power and thermal systems for industry facilities, including those of Coca-Cola Vietnam.