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USAID Report Highlights Critical Role of Agriculture and Forestry for Mitigation in Asia

USAID Report Highlights Critical Role of Agriculture and Forestry for Mitigation in Asia
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 Forests (USAID LEAF) program, USAID’s Low Emissions Asian Development (USAID LEAD) program, Winrock International and CIFOR, and is intended to assist national policy makers who seek to understand the connection between the current roles AFOLU low emission development strategies (LEDS) are expected to play compared to the mitigation potential from the AFOLU sector. Key findings of the report are that INDCs do not comprehensively include AFOLU mitigation targets and agriculture emission reduction targets are not as well covered as those in forestry. Most countries indicate that they require international support in the form of finance, technology and capacity building, but none explicitly mention the potential of private-sector finance on reducing emissions. Click here to view the report.