Press Release: Empowerering ASEAN Scientists to Effectively Engage with Policymakers   

PRESS RELEASE:  Science Communication Workshop Empowered ASEAN Scientists to Effectively Engage with Policymakers     The Philippines, 14 October 2018 – Today 37 ASEAN scientists from the 2018/19 ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship and three previous fellowship cycles gathered in Cebu, the Philippines, to participate in a 3-day science communication and policy advocacy workshop organised by ...
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17 Talented Scientists Selected for 2018/2019 ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship

INDONESIA– The ASEAN Foundation, in partnership with ASEAN and the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to announce 17 scientists from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam as 2018/2019 ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) fellows. The fellows were selected for their track record ...
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CDA Shields Keynote Remarks at the Official Close of ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship

Charge d’affaires Shields Keynote Remarks at the Official Close of the 2016/17 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship Program ASEAN Foundation, Jakarta Wednesday, May 31, 2016 Good Morning. Mr. Tran Dong Phuong, Director for Sectoral Development, ASEAN Economic Community Department, Ms. Elaine Tan, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation, Mr. Andika Fajar, Head of Research and Data, Ministry of ...
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5th Green Economy Green Growth Forum for Greening of Cities and Universities in Myanmar

The 5th Green Economy Green Growth (GEGG) Forum for Greening of Cities and Universities was organized by Union Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) and GEGG (not for profit) Association on 6th December 2016 in Yangon. The forum was attended by H.E Chief Minister of Yangon Region, Deputy Chief of Mission from US ...
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Mapping Global Scientific Network: Setting Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Priorities for Global Engagement

Overview Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), which functions as the national STI Think Tank under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, was formed to promote STI agenda through various platforms and engagement with media, industry and societies. In 2015, ASM published its first Malaysia’s Science Outlook. The outlook, which serves as an official advisory ...
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Mapping Global Scientific Network: Setting Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Priorities for Global Engagement

Overview Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), which functions as the national STI Think Tank under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, was formed to promote STI agenda through various platforms and engagement with media, industry and societies. In 2015, ASM published its first Malaysia’s Science Outlook. The outlook, which serves as an official advisory ...
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Science, Technology and Innovation Policies – A Progress from Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest economy in Southeast Asia region and the world’s 10th largest economy in term of purchasing power. In term of population, Indonesia has a huge number of populations, which is about 250 million people in 2016. This makes Indonesia as the world’s fourth most populous nation. In 2030, Indonesia is predicted to ...
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Perspective Workshop to Foster for University, Research Institute and Industry (URI) Collaboration in Myanmar

I recently organized a one day workshop hosted by Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) under Ministry of Education (MOE), Yangon on 20th October, 2016. The purpose of the event is to setup a guideline for University, Research Institute and Industry (URI) collaboration practice in Myanmar. The guideline is expected to assist companies when they ...
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New journey of climate change mitigation policy in Vietnam: story from Livestock sector

The commitment of Vietnam Government to the Paris Agreement CoP 15 opens an opportunity for Green Growth Economy/Development in the country with the Decision 1775/QD-TTg dated on November 21, 2012 on Approval of Project of Green House Gas Emission Management, Management of Carbon Credit Business Activities to the World Market . However Green Growth Economy/Development ...
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Renewable Energy in Vietnam: Current plans and Policy Recommendations

Forewords Despite the commitment of the Vietnamese Government in climate change mitigation policies, fossil fuel-based technologies heavily dominate the internal energy market and major investments are still made in new thermal coal power plants during the last two decades. In these conditions, ambitious CO2 reduction objectives of the country at the COP 21 will be ...
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“Science beyond scientist” – A Malaysia case study

Scenario Science beyond scientist is a philosophy that intended to help Malaysia building a civilized society that live science in their life. In order to be a science nation, inculcating the culture of science, technology and innovation (STI) at all levels is critical. STI should be a part of everything that we do in life. ...
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Strengthen existing Laos STI Policy initiatives in Priority Areas, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Regional and economic integration in South East Asia is moving at rapid pace and influences Lao PDR intensely, providing both opportunities and challenges. The government is acutely aware of the issues. Recently, Lao PDR experiences impressive economic growth, which is amongst the fastest in South East Asia.  Despite the rapid economic development the significant advances ...
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Overview of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), Cambodia

Current development of STI in Cambodia From the economic development perspective, traditionally Cambodia is an agriculture-based country and agricultural development has always been the priority for addressing poverty reduction and rural development. According to the Fourth Cambodian Economic Forum on “Cambodian Economy in Post-Crisis Environment: Industrial Policy—Options towards a Sustainable Development” held in February 2011, ...
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Rural Aquaculture and Conservation Agriculture (RACA) System towards Climate Change Adaptation Initiative in Lower Mekong Basin

“Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) is one of significant region in ASEAN. More than 45 million people dwelling in LMB rely on fisheries and agriculture. However, climate change plus overfishing, pollution, landuse and landcover conversion reduce wild fish stock and agricultural crop. To meet the need of aquatic living resources and agriculture production as vital food ...
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Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Indonesia Mangrove Forests

Mangrove forests are important coastal ecosystems that support the productivity of the coastal zone within the tropics and subtropics. Mangrove provides multiple ecosystem services including the biogeochemical function as carbon storage. Mangrove sequesters carbon within standing biomass and soils and gives significant contribution to coastal sediment carbon storage up to 24 Tg C year-1 1. ...
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Renewable Energy Potential on Small and Mini Hydroelectric Power in Lao P.D.R

Lao PDR is endowed with abundant hydropower potential. The development of large hydropower plants have made notable progress and have been developed typically through concessions mainly for exporting power to neighboring countries, while a small percentage (e.g. 5%) is supplied domestically. This export-oriented hydropower development strategy benefits the economy through revenues from royalties and taxes, ...
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Biogas technology as a solution for wastewater treatment in Lao PDR

Livestock plays importance role to Lao people’s livelihood. It contributes to food security, enhance crop production, generate cash incomes for rural and urban populations.  Livestock practice was changed year by year, depend on economic growth, increasing of population and the meat consumption demand. The commercial livestock farm significantly rapidly expand in the last two decade ...
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Thai Food Industry on New STI Platforms to Drive Innovation Economy

Thai government is creating an ecosystem for food innovations. Like most emerging Asian economies, key challenges are addressing the huge infrastructure deficit and improving regional connectivity. On the new science, technology, and innovation (STI) platform, Thailand is transitioning from a resource-intensive to innovation-based economy.   Innovation to drive new growth engine Thailand is Southeast Asia’s ...
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New experience attending Myanmar Higher Education Forum

Dr. Ei Ei Htwe and Dr. Aye Aye Thant, the ASEAN-U.S. S&T Fellows from Myanmar participated in the Myanmar Higher Education Forum on the topic of “New Challenges for Tertiary Education in the 21st Century“. The Myanmar Higher Education Forum was jointly organized by British Council and Ministry of Education (MOE) and held in Diamond ...
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Climate Change Capacity Enhancement Presented by Thai Fellow through Sharing and Exchanging Knowledge and Experience

Climate change has been happening in and impacting all sectors at every corner of the world. Likewise, it now is mostly accepted phenomenon and becomes a major concern by people globally. Climate change and its impacts is complex and have sophisticated linkage with various issues. Furthermore, climate change differs in its specific impacts in each ...
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My Fellowship Experience: Attending the ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity (ACB) 2016

The 2nd ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity (ACB 2016) was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 15-19 February 2016 with more than 500 delegates from 10 ASEAN Member States: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore,Thailand and Viet Nam. Participants are mainly academics, scientists, research community, business sector, media and international conservation organization such ...
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The People Behind the Largest Marine Protected Area in the Philippines

The Philippines is known to have a unique and valuable biodiversity, but at the same time have a very high vulnerability. That is the very reason why my career’s work usually evolve around fundamental systematics. I used these knowledge in finding undiscovered species and teaching graduate students at the university for almost a decade now. ...
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Comparison of ASEAN Green Building Rating Systems on Energy Efficiency

Development of energy infrastructure plays a crucial role, as asserted in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Energy 2010-2015 (APAE), to ensure that ASEAN economic development is sustainable through, among others, mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. One of priorities of APAE is promoting good energy management practices through that narrowing the development gap (NDG) among ...
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Creeping increase of sea level continuously attacking coastal areas in Thailand as well as ASEAN countries

Should now stakeholders be concerned about and provide coping plan on the possibly severe seawater inundation?   Climate change is now unambiguous and recognized by people globally. Whether you call it climate change, global warming or greenhouse effects, it has significantly impacted all sectors of every nation, including the coastal zones and fishery resources in ...
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The need for further promoting building energy regulations in Asian countries

Energy consumption in Asian countries has been increasing rapidly due to recent economic growth and development. This energy consumption has led to a number of environmental problems such as global warming, climate change, air pollution, acid rain (Iwaro and Mwasha, 2010), and raised concerns over problems of energy supply and exhaustion of energy resources. In ...
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Sustainable Oil Palm Industry based on Social Enterprises for the Humanness of ASEAN

The highly industrialized 21st century has transformed this world tremendously in every aspect. The shift from agricultural to industrial economy has changed the ways people use and interact with the environment to meet their needs. The complication escalates when the fossil fuel reserve, as the main energy and material source for the economic growth, has ...
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Opportunities and challenges of transboundary protected area in South East Asia: Case study of Heart of Borneo

  “With one conservation vision and with a view to promote people’s welfare, we will cooperate in ensuring the effective management of forest resources and conservation of a network of protected areas, productive forests, and other sustainable land uses within an area which the three respective countries will designate as the “Heart of Borneo (HoB)” (HoB ...
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Women Empowerment and Fishery Community: Case from Fishery Community in Coastal Zone Cambodia

In 2013, 51.5 per cent of the Cambodia population is women which cover 60.9 per cent of labor force in Cambodia (Ministry of Women Affaire [MOWA], 2014). They have play important roles in taking care of their family, income generation and strongly contribute to the national economic growth. The women have to be involved with ...
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Solar Thermal Policy in Malaysia: Potential, Barriers and Action Plans for the Industry

In Malaysia, statistics show that 57.65% of electricity in 2011 was generated from gas, 33.3% from coal, 8.8% from hydro and 0.3% from distillate [1]. The over-dependency on a certain fuel types is not a viable long-term option. This has led Malaysia to diversify its current generation mix with various fuel types for a more ...
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Science and Technology Parks, Which Model Should We Adopt?

Right after the ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellowship started in May 2015, the government of Indonesia launched the development of 100 Science and Techno Parks (STPs) to supporting the new government’s nine-priority agenda called Nawacita. The science and technology parks are hoped to create and boost sustainable economic growth through the implementation of technology. The technology ...
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Multidimensional Challenges of Water Governance in Vietnam

Water is essential for life, yet the world is facing water crisis. It has been commonly attributed to the natural limitations of freshwater availability, inadequate financing and appropriate technologies. Nevertheless, profound failures in water governance have been recently identified as important factors causing water crisis in both developing and developed countries [1,2]. Vietnam has been ...
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Myanmar’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2015-2020

The Myanmar’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) was first drafted in 2011 to provide a national strategy for the conservation and sustainable use of nature. The NBSAP is now being updated with new information and including national counterparts to the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets. These targets designed to mainstream biodiversity and sustainable use ...
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When Plastic Outnumbers Plankton: Insights into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

“As I gazed from the deck at the surface of what ought to have been a pristine ocean, I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic.” –          Capt. Charles Moore, discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch   Moving along with the ocean currents are hundreds of pieces ...
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Go With The Flow: Can ASEAN Balance Development & Water Usage?

Despite being “the blue planet”, our relationship with water is becoming increasingly tumultuous. Urbanization, pollution, and farming have changed how water flows through Southeast Asia and potentially limited our access to this critical resource. The Mekong River Delta is just one example of this imminent crisis. Since the 1980s, approximately 1 million wells have been ...
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Development without Destruction: ASEAN’s need for sustainable development

The ASEAN community is promoting new connections of every kind across Southeast Asia. New roads, bridges, trains, and more will physically unite ASEAN Member States and distant communities within each nation. New mutual recognition agreements will encourage professionals to move and explore and form new connections with international communities and companies. Increased urbanization is aggregating ...
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Biodiversity: An Overlooked, But Critical Aspect in the South China Sea Disputes

Rising tensions in the South China Sea and repeated territorial disputes between China and several ASEAN Member States have brought the region to the forefront of the media. Moving forward, the geopolitical importance of this region will continue to be essential to peace and prosperity in the region, but the immense biodiversity that exists in ...
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Biodiversity Conservation in the Development of Hydro-Power Projects in Myanmar (Case Study of Upper Paunglaung Hydro-Power Project)

Myanmar has a large potential for the development of hydro-power and, on the other hand, the country faces a chronic shortage in its electricity supply. Hydro-power is a clean and renewable source of energy, and it can be developed on a large enough scale to supply the electricity demand of the whole nation. One of ...
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Advancing a New Trans-border Disaster Information System for ASEAN Region with Geospatial Technology

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) held a series of workshops to discuss and advance the needs to strengthen ASEAN’s collective/integrated disaster responses, as well as the concept of expected disaster risk management (DRM) system in ASEAN region. Two of the workshops were held in Jakarta, September 2014 and in Tokyo, December ...
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Early Warning and Disaster Response in Practice at Provincial Levels in Vietnam

Two documents under the new Law on Natural Disaster prevention and Control were issued by Prime Minister in August 2014, including Decision N044 on “Provisions on disaster risk level” and Decision N046 on “Regulation on disaster forecasting, warning and dissemination” to strengthen the legal framework for early warning of disasters in Vietnam. To understand better ...
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Promotion of Energy Science Education for Sustainable Development in Myanmar

Energy is an essential input to all aspects of our lives. In Myanmar, less than thirty percent of its population has access to electricity. As a result, many people still rely on firewood for their daily energy needs. Despite a wealth of energy resources, rural electrification rate in Myanmar remains lowest in Asia. This reflects ...
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Second ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellows Program’s Application is Open

The ASEAN region boasts strong skills and potential in science and technology and seeks to leverage this potential to increase regional competitiveness, improve resource management, and enhance the lives of its citizens. Currently, few non-governmental scientists are consulted by ASEAN Member States (AMS) governments on policy decisions, and these scientists generally have a limited understanding ...
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ASEAN Connectivity for Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Microbial and Their Genetic Resources

Thailand and ASEAN represent a huge share of the planet’s biodiversity. Biological resources such as living organisms, cells, and genetic materials play an important role for the development of biotechnology, life science research and development, and human life. With advancements in molecular biology, new discoveries are made daily, allowing us to obtain and modify those ...
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Indigenous People as Important Factor to Implement the Government Policy

Implementing a policy is nothing like the policy making itself. Policy makers need to regulate and verify whether the policy had been implemented properly. In terms of control, Indonesian national policy requires the support of the local government and the community participation. An example was the policy on water resources that has been embodied in Act No. 7 ...
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Collaboration and Consensus in Urban Climate Change Resilience Planning in Vietnam

The policy dialogue entitled “Climate Change and Capacity Building for Climate Resilience of Local Community: Knowledge and Experience Sharing Among Central Provinces in Adaption Planning” was held in Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh province in August 12th 2014. Participants of this meeting include 35 delegates from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE), Department of ...
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The Role of CSR Sector Policy in the Upper Paunglaung Hydro-power Project

Environmental sensitivity and socio-economic responsibility are being emphasized as essential elements of the growing industrialization accompanying development in Myanmar. Adherence to a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy ensures that development projects take full account of the needs of communities impacted. It includes housing, education, health care, community development, water and electricity supplies, land for cultivation ...
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ASEAN-wide Collaborations on Traditional Medicine

The ASEAN – Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) organized the first meeting of Traditional Medicine experts, the so-called Community of Practice (CoP) representatives, from ASEAN-member countries. It was held last 26-27 June 2014 at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Philippines. With nine out of the 10 countries present, CoP representatives ...
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ASEAN and United States Collaborate for Stronger Science-based Policy Making

ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Alicia dela Rosa Bala and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Timothy Hefner formally inaugurated the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program today, noting that the program would ensure that ASEAN Member States increasingly utilize science when making difficult policy decisions. The program, managed by the United States Agency for ...
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SERVIR Mekong Grants Application

The  United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce a request for applications for SERVIR Mekong: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251953    The goal of SERVIR Mekong is to enhance climate change adaptation and landscape management in the Lower Mekong through the increased access to and application of geospatial data, earth observations, and predictive models. These tools are ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

The U.S. Department of State in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is excited to join with the ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology to strengthen ASEAN science and technical capacity through an ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. The 2014 Prize will provide a promising, ASEAN-based, early-career woman scientist whose research focuses on water quality research ...
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ASEAN-U.S. Science & Technology Fellows Pilot Program

At the May 25 ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST)-U.S. Consultation , the United States and ASEAN Member State partners agreed to move forward in concrete ways to expand our overall science engagement.  To this end, COST endorsed the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellows Pilot Program, enabling ASEAN scientists to work directly with policymakers to promote the use of the best science available ...
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Making the Connections: Forests and Human Health

Food security is a priority issue in ASEAN.  Did you know that keeping forests healthy can help keep us healthy?  This is what I learned when I accompanied U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden on a visit to the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia.  CIFOR is a research organization aimed at producing scientific knowledge to inform the ...
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Standards for Safer, Healthier ASEAN communities

Standards have made life easier for people. Just like getting on the weighing scale, we learn how much weight we need to put on or to reduce to be considered healthy. In the Philippines, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is the sole authority on standards. DOST, particularly its Metrology Laboratories, is the place ...
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ASEAN and U.S. Consult on Science and Technology

I had the great privilege to be part of the U.S. delegation at the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST)-U.S. Consultation this weekend in Tagaytay City, Philippines.  Set on a ridge overlooking Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano, the meeting site was a stunning setting for delegates to come together to focus on advancing ...
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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Development in ASEAN Community

Building an ASEAN community in accordance with the ASEAN Charter is a challenge of all Member States. How can we ensure that the ASEAN community will comply with rule of law, good governance, human rights and fundamental freedom, human security, and sustainable development as described and aspired to in the Charter? In the midst of ...
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Forensic Evidence – Revealing the Unseen Facts

If you’ve ever watched ‘CSI’ or other television shows, you already know how popular forensic science has become as a profession.   Forensic evidence plays a crucial role in forensic investigations.  It is not, however, easy to collect and analyze.  Forensic evidence is often present in very small quantities, making it difficult for detection by human ...
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ASEAN Cities Innovate to Tackle Organic Waste

In ASEAN cities, ‘waste management’ is persistently cited as the top challenge faced by local governments. Ideally, ‘sound’ waste management approaches should be grounded in scientific principles, utilise appropriate technologies, be financially feasible and also socially sensible – a demanding package far from the grasp of many cities. So far, considerable attention has been paid ...
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Environmentally Sustainable Cities in ASEAN

Did you know that more than 50 percent of ASEAN’s 600 million people now live in urban areas, and that this figure is expected to increase? This fact puts ASEAN cities at the top of the global list of cities most vulnerable to climate change. Environmental sustainability is a priority in the region, so much ...
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Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy People: Making the Connection in ASEAN

Although it’s often overlooked, if we want healthy communities, we need healthy ecosystems. In the ASEAN region, rapid rates of urbanization and population growth are putting increasing pressure on natural resources and systems, and important “ecosystem services” are at risk. Natural ecosystems—forests, wetlands, grasslands—provide us with important services or benefits such as clean water and air, food, and medicine. ...
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Welcome to InnovASEAN

Welcome to InnovASEAN, a blog dedicated to the application of science, technology, and innovation to ASEAN’s challenges and opportunities.  The blog is maintained by the  U.S. Mission to ASEAN . Why InnovASEAN? The challenges facing the ASEAN region are diverse and complex.  With urbanization and economic growth trends, how can ASEAN ensure the sustainable use of the region’s natural resources while protecting human ...
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