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Protecting and Restoring Mangroves in the Face of Demand for Valuable Coastal Land

Mangrove friendly organic shrimp farm in Vietnam

Protecting and Restoring Mangroves in the Face of Demand for Valuable Coastal Land

04 August 2015

Mangroves are critically important in the fight against climate change. These coastal forests not only store large amounts of carbon, but also protect coastlines from storms, maintain biodiversity and support local livelihoods.

Participatory Land Use Management Planning Preserves Ancestral Life in the Adelberts

Participatory Land Use Management Planning Preserves Ancestral Life in the Adelberts

09 July 2015

Urumarave is one of nine communities in Madang province, Papua New Guinea, that have implemented participatory land use management planning (PLUMP), a bottom-up process that involves the local villagers in the zoning of their land. Tribal land is divided into six areas, each for a specific use: conservation, gardening, agriculture, forest use, hunting and village development.

Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives Report: Annexes

Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives Report: Annexes

08 July 2015

These are the annexes for the report on the potential for Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives (VSIs) to contribute to reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries based on their substantive and procedural requirements.

Please find the full report at this link:

Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives Report: Executive Summary

VSI Report: Executive Summary

Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives Report: Executive Summary

08 July 2015

This is the executive summary for the report on the potential for Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives (VSIs) to contribute to reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries based on their substantive and procedural requirements.

Please find the full report at this link:

The Potential of Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives to Reduce Emissions

The Potential of Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives to Reduce Emissions

08 July 2015

To address concerns about tropical deforestation because of rising global demand for food, fuel and fiber, Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives (VSIs) have emerged as a tool to ensure that the production of agricultural and timber commodities for global markets does not result in forest loss.

Remote Villages in Papua New Guinea Realize Benefits of Land Use Planning

Remote Villages in Papua New Guinea Realize Benefits of Land Use Planning

06 July 2015

Urumarave village in Papua New Guinea is a remote and isolated village of 300 inhabitants, with no electricity, running water or any modern conveniences, yet they are taking charge of their environment and providing an example to communities across PNG and to the national government on steps that can be taken on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

USAID LEAF and Madang Governor Launch Low Emission Land Use Planning Report

USAID LEAF and Madang Governor Launch Low Emission Land Use Planning Report

06 July 2015

In this program update, read how USAID LEAF and the Honorable Jim Kas, MP, Governor of Madang Province, in collaboration with the Madang Provincial Government and The Nature Conservancy, recently launched a low emission land use planning options and opportunities report.

Infographic: Low Emission Land Use Planning in Madang

Infographic: Low Emission Land Use Planning in Madang

01 July 2015

Madang Province in Papua New Guinea has incredible biodiversity and is rich in commercial and recreational value, but population and economic pressures are growing. From 2000-2013, the equivalent of 40,000 rugby fields of forest have been lost, so future development must maximize social benefits and conserve biological resources.

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