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The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Energy are supporting energy regulators in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to establish energy efficiency standards and labeling programmes.

The US-ASEAN Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Workshop was held from 13-15 December 2010, in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Read more: ASEAN and US Cooperate on Energy Efficiency Regulation

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Singapore, December 16 - Following the recent ‘triple disaster’ in Indonesia - the flooding in Papua, the tsunami that hit the Mentawai islands, and the volcanic eruption in Central Java - some are wondering whether climate change will increase the intensity and frequency of similar events in the region.

The Singapore-based Economy and Environment Programme for South-east Asia (a project under the International Development Research Centre of Canada), for instance, has shown that the Philippines, the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam, Cambodia, North and East Laos, the Bangkok region, as well as West and South Sumatra, West and East Java are all highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Read more: Climate change can strain Southeast Asia's security

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Manila, December 13 - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the governments of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam in a community-driven initiative to conserve more than 1.9 million hectares of threatened forest land, home to over 170,000 mostly poor, ethnic minority people.

ADB’s Board of Directors approved loan and grant funds totaling $69 million equivalent for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project, which follows a series of successful pilot conservation activities carried out earlier by GMS countries.

“It marks the first investment to emerge from the pilot phase and provides a model for expanded and sustained local community participation in the management of these vital natural resources,” said Pavit Ramachandran, Environment Specialist (Regional Cooperation) in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department.

Read more: ADB, Mekong countries seek community support to conserve threatened forests

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