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  • Laos communities trained in veterinary practices to strengthen livelihoods
    Tuesday, 24 March 2015
    Read how smallholder farmers in rural Laos are improving their livelihoods by learning simple veterinary practices - all with USAID LEAF assistance.
  • Community members from Lam Dong Province measure a tree during a forest management workshop
    Tuesday, 24 March 2015
    The Lam Dong provincial government took a significant step in its commitment to action on climate change by officially launching its Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP) in Dalat on Sunday 22 March. A diverse audience of more than 120 partners and stakeholders attended the launch, including Vietnamese government agencies, universities, NGOs and community members from Lam Dong province, plus international and local representatives from UN-REDD, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The PRAP is one of the first of its kind in Vietnam... read more →
  • Sunitha Bishan, gender champion from Malaysia, leads a workshop session.
    Friday, 06 March 2015
    In advance of International Women’s Day on March 8, USAID LEAF has released a short film on its Asia-Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender and Climate change.  The Initiative provides women and men with the skills and knowledge to make significant contributions to gender integration into climate change interventions.  Twenty-four champions from twenty one institutions and six countries from government agencies, NGOs and other institutions are participating. Share in their journeys here. http://www.leafasia.org/videos/gender-and-climate-change-champions
  • Trainees practicing veterinary techniques
    Monday, 16 February 2015
    Twenty people from four villages in Laos’ Houaphan Province were trained in veterinary practices in January this year, marking the first activity in USAID LEAF’s collaboration with its district and provincial counterparts aimed at reducing pressure on local forest resources by strengthening livelihood opportunities through improved livestock management and production systems. In the initial training held from January 12-16, ten people from the villages of Tinphou and Sobpeng in Xam Tai district participated, which was followed by a similar training from January 19-23 for ten additional people... read more →
  • Participants getting into character on day one of the role play
    Tuesday, 03 February 2015
    Participants from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Bangkok from February 2-6 to trial an interactive role play training activity focused on the Low Emission Land Use Planning (LELUP) module of the USAID LEAF Climate Change Curriculum.  A role play is a unique method of teaching, whereby participants place themselves in the shoes of key stakeholders from a variety of communities and organizations involved in a particular activity, and try to learn from and appreciate the views of that person and their position.   Participants in the LELUP role play take on roles such... read more →
  • Twilight view of forest in Lam Dong Province
    Tuesday, 03 February 2015
    USAD LEAF announces with great pleasure a major milestone in climate change mitigation efforts in Lam Dong province, Vietnam. Approved by the Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee in Decision No. 247/QD-UBND on January 21st, 2015, the Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP) aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 27% compared with 2010 levels by 2020; equivalent to 800,000 tonnes/CO2 equivalent per year from 2010 to 2020. It aims to achieve this by enhancing the carbon sequestration capacity of Lam Dong’s forests, and by reducing the threat of deforestation and forest degradation. Additional... read more →
  • Fire management discussion near Ban Huay Jo village.  Ban Huay Jo collaborates on fire management activities with Ob Luang National Park and Chiang Mai University.
    Thursday, 29 January 2015
    The USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) program, the Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the US Forest Service, and the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific brought together 25 fire and land managers in Chiang Mai from January 27-29 for a training on simple and practical methods for estimating fire emissions. Fires are a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the region, but skills and methodologies to quantify them are limited. Training efforts focused on how to estimate historical emissions from fires, and... read more →
  • Vietnam gender champions identify challenges for advancing gender equity
    Wednesday, 28 January 2015
    More than 30 gender specialists representing government and civil society groups from around the region gathered in Siem Reap, Cambodia from January 26-31 to learn strategic planning for safeguards in climate change and REDD+.  The workshop marked the third in a series of trainings under the USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) Asia Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender, Climate Change and REDD+, which focuses on strengthening a core group of gender champions to be able to effectively integrate gender into climate change activities.  Co-hosted by the Ministry of Women’s... read more →
  • Preecha Ongprasert, Director of the Training Division of Thailand’s Department of National Parks, presents results of country’s national deforestation study.
    Thursday, 22 January 2015
    USAID LEAF and FAO convened representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in Bangkok from January 20-21 to develop national action plans on drivers of deforestation as well as a decision support tool on forestry and climate change policy.  Day one of the workshop focused on drivers of deforestation, with representatives of participating Mekong countries presenting the results of national deforestation studies, followed by breakout groups that developed a drivers action plan outline.  Day two focused on forestry policy and the key components of policy development, with... read more →
  • Sira Akaakara, a forest fire expert from Thailand's Department of National Parks, leading a training session on forest fire preparedness.
    Thursday, 22 January 2015
    More than 25 practitioners working on land and fire management issues convened January 21-22 in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the Regional Training on Fire Management Planning for Northern ASEAN Member States.  While commonly used in Southeast Asia for agriculture and land clearning, fires in the region have immediate negative impacts on biodiversity and the climate.  The regional training used integrated fire management (IFM), a community-based fire management program that has yielded positive results around the globe, to better equip people and agencies with the knowledge and skills to manage... read more →