Two female medical staff in a busy room examine a sample tray together. They both point at one particular sample.


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 (2020)


$5 Million


$2 Million

Clean Energy

$1.5 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$1.5 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

34.2 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Average GHG Emissions Growth due to Deforestation


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Malaysia Photo Gallery

Stories from the Area

To break down the silos that prevent joint climate action, USAID partnered with a global corporate, Barry Callebaut, to convene key buyers – peers – in the coconut industry. The result was the industry’s first global Sustainable Coconut Charter, which aims to improve farmer livelihoods, lessen the carbon footprint of coconuts and boost supply to meet rising global demand.
Two men throw coconuts into a large wooden box.
Long-term changes in climate and wildlife habitat can pose significant effects on human health and increase the risk of infectious diseases like the coronavirus (COVID-19). Several of the roots of climate change can increase the risk of pandemics; for example, deforestation increasingly places humans and animals in contact, which enables pathogens from animals to spillover to humans.
This aerial shot shows rainforest felled