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Measuring and Monitoring Forest Degradation in Asia: A Regional Review

Measuring and Monitoring Forest Degradation in Asia: A Regional Review

14 October 2015

USAID LEAF and the USFS collaborated to review achievements and challenges of eight USAID projects working across Asia to implement actions for detecting, monitoring, measuring and reporting emissions from forest degradation. The authors of the recently completed report, ‘Measuring and Monitoring Forest Degradation in Asia: A Regional Review’ spoke with USAID project managers and technical advisers working across 24.7 million hectares in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Papua New Guinea. All projects documented the drivers of forest degradation and were monitoring forest change. But all projects faced substantial challenges, and only four projects had actively committed resources to implementing a forest degradation monitoring system.

While achievements to date are limited, the analysis revealed many important lessons learned. The analysis and key findings were presented at the USAID LEAF regional workshop ‘Moving on from experimental approaches to advancing national systems for measuring and monitoring forest degradation across Asia’, held in Bangkok in June 2015. The presentation and full workshop report is available for download from the LEAF web site.