Two Vietnam projects win US scientific research awards

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Vietnam has won two awards in the first round of a US government program to fund scientific research in developing countries, the US Embassy said in a press release Tuesday.

The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is intended to build scientific capacity and empower researchers in developing countries to use science and technology to address local and global development challenges.

PEER funding may be used to train students and faculty, equip laboratories and field stations, and fund research, building scientific networks to address global challenges, the release said.

One of the two research projects in Vietnam that won the PEER awards assesses the impacts of the emission reduction measures of short-lived climate forcers - black carbon and methane - on air quality and climate in Southeast Asia.

The project will bring together leading Southeast Asia and US research groups to study air pollution and climate interactions.

The second project is called "Research and Capacity Building on Reduced Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation (REDD+) Livelihoods, and Vulnerability in Vietnam."

The overall goal of the project is to understand the ways in which payments for ecosystem services (like carbon) serve to alter land-use decision making by smallholder households in forested areas. 

The project will also evaluate if these decisions increase or reduce overall social and biophysical vulnerability to forecasted climate changes. 

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