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Forum on Lowering Emissions in AFOLU Sector

USAID LEAF Forum Explores Strategies to Lower Emissions from AFOLU Sector

17 August 2015

The agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sector is responsible for 58% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in ASEAN member states and across Asia, the AFOLU sector is a key contributor to national economies and rural livelihoods, making it all the more critical to include AFOLU in climate change mitigation efforts. To address this issue, the United States Agency for International Development Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) program and partners organized the Regional Forum on Developing and Financing Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Sector in Bangkok, Thailand from July 7-9. Participants at the forum shared experiences and lessons learned from existing AFOLU LEDS efforts in the region and worked to identify key challenges, opportunities and solutions in developing and implementing sustainably financed LEDS to advance economic growth while reducing carbon emissions.