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  • USAID Report Highlights Critical Role of Agriculture and Forestry for Mitigation in Asia
    Wednesday, 24 February 2016
    The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris Agreement builds upon the submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by individual countries, indicating the actions they intend to take to lower emissions. However, there is still a gap between current contributions and emission reductions, putting pressure on all countries to be more ambitious in their plans. A recently published report entitled, “Role of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Mitigation in INDCs and National Policy in Asia,” was jointly produced by USAID’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s... read more →
  • USAID and Global Financial Experts Explore Conservation Investment Opportunities
    Wednesday, 17 February 2016
    The agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sector is responsible for over half of greenhouse gas emissions in ASEAN, but is also an important contributor to national economies and rural livelihoods. While analysts report that billions of dollars of private sector capital are available for conservation finance, very little is being invested in activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from this sector. USAID LEAF, along with the USFS and USAID LEAD, recently hosted a two-day workshop in Bangkok that examined several promising mechanisms to attract more private sector finance to... read more →
  • On January 7, Chiang Mai Vice Governor Mongkol Suksai joined leaders from the Thailand Department of National Parks, the U.S. Consular Office in Chiang Mai, local governments, community members, private sector and university partners to highlight USAID LEAF successes, including the development of a management plan for the Mae Sa-Kog Ma UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Reserve – the first of its kind for the MAB system in Thailand. Participants also discussed the design and implementation of the award-winning
    Wednesday, 13 January 2016
    On January 7, Chiang Mai Vice Governor Mongkol Suksai joined leaders from the Thailand Department of National Parks, the U.S. Consular Office in Chiang Mai, local governments, community members, private sector and university partners to highlight USAID LEAF successes, including the development of a management plan for the Mae Sa-Kog Ma UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Reserve – the first of its kind for the MAB system in Thailand. Participants also discussed the design and implementation of the award-winning payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme with Tipco Foods PLC/Aura Mineral Water,... read more →
  • Dr. Tint Lwin Thaung - Executive Director of RECOFTC
    Monday, 14 December 2015
    USAID LEAF, along with the Low Emissions Asian Development (USAID LEAD) and GREEN Mekong programs, highlighted their successes in supporting improved forest management and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Southeast Asia at key side events at the COP21 Global Landscapes Forum on December 6. The events were to promote partnerships of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group, a platform to provide technical assistance, tools and trainings among policy makers and experts. USAID LEAF Chief of Party Brian Bean showcased several key results, including the Provincial... read more →
  • USAID LEAF Gender Champions celebrate their success stories
    Wednesday, 04 November 2015
    USAID LEAF has worked over the past two years to strengthen the technical and leadership skills of 24 Gender Champions to better address gender issues in forestry and climate change. In the concluding workshop for the Asia-Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender and Climate Change, Gender Champions from six countries gathered this week in Trat, Thailand, to celebrate their success stories and identify the impacts of the Leadership Initiative as well as discuss key recommendations for replication and upscaling. Sharing her successes in Vietnam, Hoai Nam Hoang Cong of the Lam Dong Department of... read more →
  • Lao gender champions develop strategies for integrating gender into their forestry and climate change programs.
    Wednesday, 09 September 2015
    As part of USAID’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests Asia-Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender and Climate Change, 40 participants came together in Vientiane this week for a Gender Integration in Forestry and Climate Change workshop to apply innovative gender analysis and train-the-trainer tools. USAID LEAF has been supporting gender champions in six countries across the Asia-Pacific for the past two years to develop their leadership skills and technical expertise in integrating gender into forestry and climate change initiatives. This week’s workshop was an opportunity for the Lao... read more →
  • Lao gender champions gather at a workshop in Luang Prabang to develop gender action plan.
    Wednesday, 26 August 2015
    For the past two years, USAID LEAF’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Program on Gender and Climate Change has been supporting gender champions in six countries in the Asia-Pacific to develop their leadership skills and technical expertise in integrating gender into forestry and climate change programs. This week, over 25 Lao gender champions demonstrated their leadership at a workshop in Luang Prabang to develop a gender mainstreaming strategy and action plan for the Lao Department of Forestry. The workshop gathered decision makers, key managers and staff from the Department of Forestry, the... read more →
  • Dr. Cao Thuy Anh of Da Lat University in Vietnam leads workshop participants in a low emission land use planning role play.
    Thursday, 13 August 2015
    Over 70 professors from 14 universities across the Asia-Pacific region met this week in Bangkok at a regional workshop on “Success Stories in Climate Change Education Advancement” to share their success stories and lessons learned in applying USAID LEAF’s Regional Climate Change Curriculum and how they have been advancing climate change education in their institutions. USAID LEAF, the US Forest Service and professors from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea collaborated over the past three years to develop innovative new curriculum materials focused on key climate... read more →
  • Cambodian gender champions put their leadership skills to work at a gender integration and climate change workshop in Phnom Penh.
    Thursday, 13 August 2015
    Over 30 Cambodian forest and natural resource management officials gathered at a workshop in Phnom Penh this week on “Gender Integration in Forestry and Climate Change”. The workshop was led by Cambodian gender champions who have been engaged for the past two years in USAID LEAF’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender and Climate Change. This week’s workshop was an opportunity for these leaders to apply the skills on gender integration and training of trainers they have learned through the Initiative, and demonstrate the benefits of effective gender planning to their respective... read more →
  • Mr. Attaphol of Tipco Foods receives the Thailand PES Award 2015 from a BEDO director.
    Thursday, 13 August 2015
    The Biodiversity-based Economy Development Office (BEDO) presented the Thailand PES Award 2015 to Tipco Foods PCL and its subsidiary Aura water for their work with USAID LEAF in launching a pilot payment for ecosystem services (PES) in partnership with the Baan Pong Khrai community in the Mae Sa-Kog Ma UNESCO Man and Biosphere reserve in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Under this PES mechanism, Tipco provides financial support to the Baan Pong Khrai community for forest restoration activities that protect watershed areas around the Aura water source and factory. Another key collaborator in the... read more →