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NEWS: LEAF's innovative training program promotes sound forest carbon measurement and monitoring across region

13 February 2013

Vientiane, February 13thExperts from the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program met with 25 Lao National and Provincial Government and partner staff Monday to begin a three-week training program on forest biomass and carbon stock assessment.  The training will strengthen the capacity of Lao staff to develop country-specific emission factors needed to establish Reference Levels (RLs), which are used for the accurate accounting of forest-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  LEAF partners with the Lao Department of Forestry to strengthen its capacity to monitor changes in forest carbon stocks and policy and market incentives for sustained GHG emissions reductions.

The outcomes from this innovative field-based training program contribute to the design of a long-term, robust and scientifically sound forest carbon measurement and monitoring system for activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Lao PDR.  The first two weeks of the training will be held in the forests of Pakxan District of Bolikhamxay Province, while the last week of training will be based at the National University of Lao PDR, Faculty of Forestry Science. 

This training builds upon LEAF and the Department of Forestry’s Reference Level training conducted last December  and continues LEAF’s collaborative work to support the development of Reference Levels in Houaphan Province (with GIZ) and at the national level (with GIZ and JICA).

LEAF will hold a similar training afterwards in Vietnam.  These trainings are part of LEAF’s commitment to building technical capacity across the region for monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks and demonstrating innovations in sustainable land management.

To access training materials from the previous Reference Level (RL) technical trainings held in Vietnam and Laos, please click here.