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. 

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 Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


$5 Million


$2 Million

Clean Energy

$1.5 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$1.5 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

69.7 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Average GHG Emissions Growth due to Deforestation


EC-LEDS Partner Country


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Stories from the Area

Social and behavior change communication campaigns are a tool that can help advance and sustain climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Beautiful Without Ivory Campaign message
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 July, Climatelinks explored the important health and climate impacts of air pollution. As the world’s largest environmental health risk, air pollution contributes to approximately 6.7 million premature deaths each year. This is a significant development challenge, as low and middle income countries are at the highest risk for the greatest health burdens from poor air quality.
Vehicle transport is a key source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Indian cities, and one in which power dynamics, occupational differences, as well as socioeconomic and cultural differences related to gender shape exposure for women and men.   Credit: USAID Clean Air Catalyst