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Low Emission Land Use Promoted at Paris Climate Conference

Dr. Tint Lwin Thaung - Executive Director of RECOFTC
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 REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP) in Lam Dong, Vietnam, a model being replicated in other provinces in the country to help reduce emissions from the forestry sector by 27%. Dr. Tint Lwin Thaung, Executive Director of RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, also shared findings from the USAID Green Mekong program and highlighted the regional consultation report Equity in forests and REDD+ that reveals how perceptions of equity in REDD+ differ within countries and across the Mekong region, whereas participation, access to information and benefit sharing are challenges. Due to USAID’s work in Southeast Asia, leaders and policy makers are now able to evaluate different scenarios of economic growth and their social and environmental impacts, and then develop a more balanced, equitable, and sustainable development pathway for their communities and the region.