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Laos

At a Glance

The Asia Regional Mission serves Burma, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Both climate change adaptation and mitigation are critical considerations in Asia’s developing countries. Indeed, the region’s geography makes its population highly vulnerable to sea level rise and extreme weather events. Yet the region is also among the highest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions in the world. USAID is working with countries at regional and bilateral levels to accelerate investment in clean energy technologies and improve forest management. USAID also provides training, knowledge sharing and cooperation to facilitate the region’s transition to low emission development and help communities adapt to climate change.

Funding & Country Climate Context


USAID Climate Change Funding (2023)

Total

$4.9 Million

Clean Energy

$4.9 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2023)

7.9 Million

GHG Emissions Growth

9.82%

% Forested Area

82.1%

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USAID Clean Power Asia

Stories from the Area

While forests and other ecosystems could help reduce one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, currently only about 3 percent of climate finance is invested in forest ecosystems. Southeast Asian forests have been shrinking faster than forests anywhere else in the world so it is critical for this region to balance economic growth, forest protection, and climate change mitigation efforts.
Farmer smiling with their harvest
In response to growing demand from countries seeking support for increased electric vehicle (EV) deployment to bolster climate change objectives, the USAID-NREL Partnership has developed several different projects aimed at streamlining development of EV charging infrastructure, workforce training, and grid management, which build upon the recently launched global Greening the Grid EV Toolkit.
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