Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) is a regional program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that implements regional activities in: clean development and climate, natural resources and biodiversity conservation, clean water and sanitation, environmental governance and tsunami response and reconstruction. Under ECO-Asia, USAID develops a combination of national and regional activities in partnership with Asian governments, cities, and other organizations to promote regional dialogue in sharing and replicating innovation across Asia.
ASIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE
As the fastest growing region in the world, Asia faces unprecedented environmental challenges with disproportionate impacts on the urban poor and women. Environmental impacts reach across international borders emphasizing the importance of regional cooperation on natural resource management, pollution control, environmental enforcement, and conflict resolution.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Mission/Asia (RDM/A) has established a regional environment office in Bangkok, Thailand to address transnational environmental issues in Asia through regional cooperation. In implementing regional activities, USAID works closely with international development partners to strengthen regional institutions and networks that can sustain and multiply environmental improvements.
ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION-ASIA (ECO-Asia)
To address regional environmental challenges, USAID established Environmental Cooperation-Asia, or ECO-Asia, a regional program that promotes a range of initiatives designed to:
Improve access to clean water and sanitation;
Reduce, prevent and mitigate pollution;
Improve sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation; and
Promote and improve tsunami reconstruction and response
Cross-cutting regional initiatives of ECO-Asia include promoting improved environmental governance and transboundary cooperation.
Under ECO-Asia, USAID develops a combination of national and regional activities in partnership with Asian governments, cities, and other organizations and agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to promote regional dialogue in sharing and replicating innovation across Asia. Key program countries include: India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.