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Regional Review of Low Emission Plans, Strategies, and Activities in Forest and Land Use Sector

Regional Review of Low Emission Plans, Strategies, and Activities in Forest and Land Use Sector

23 November 2015

USAID LEAF and the USFS collaborated to identify regional best practices and progress towards sustainable and financially viable Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) for the forestry and land use sector across Asia. The review considered achievements and implementation challenges in eight USAID sustainable landscape projects across 10 Asian countries. Results indicate that there are markers towards large-scale progress across the region and that successful small-scale low emission activities in these projects can guide future mainstreaming of low emission development within a larger planning framework. While considerable challenges remain, all projects are demonstrating success in some low emission activities and these local level successes may serve as tipping points to scale-up project activities that meet social, economic, and environmental goals.

Key findings and take home messages are presented for those implementing and supporting efforts to sustainably reducing emissions from the forest and land use sector. These findings were also presented at the USAID LEAF regional workshop ‘Regional Forum on Developing and Financing Low Emissions Development Strategies for the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Sector: Moving from Promise to Practice’ held in Bangkok in July 2015. The presentation and full workshop report is available to download from the USAID LEAF web site.