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USAID LEAF Final Report

USAID LEAF Final Report

USAID LEAF Final Report

12 April 2016

Over a five-year implementation period from 2011-2016, the USAID LEAF program delivered significant results against its overall objective of strengthening the capacity of target countries to achieve meaningful and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry-land use sector. 

Developing Forestry and Land Use Policy in Context of Climate Change

Developing Forestry and Land Use Policy

Developing Forestry and Land Use Policy in Context of Climate Change

04 January 2016

Reform of forestry and land use policy offers the opportunity to build resilience against climate change and associated environmental shocks, support climate change mitigation, and improve local level forest and land management.

Program Highlights: Nam Xam NPA in Houaphan

Nam Xam NPA in Houaphan

Program Highlights: Nam Xam NPA in Houaphan

29 December 2015

The Nam Xam National Protected Area is one of 25 protected areas across Laos. This natural area in Laos’ northern Houaphan province still retains much of its rich biodiversity and is home to numerous rare wildlife species. However, the forests of Nam Xam and its wildlife are quickly being depleted due to shifting agriculture, unplanned logging, and uncontrolled hunting.

Decision Support Tool on Incentive Allocation for REDD+ Accounting

Decision Support Tool on Incentive Allocation for REDD+ Accounting

Decision Support Tool on Incentive Allocation for REDD+ Accounting

28 December 2015

Under the UNFCCC, REDD+ countries are required to develop approaches that operate at national scale. Many countries already have in place or are establishing subnational and project-level REDD+ activities for building capacity for REDD+ implementation or generating early emissions reductions and removals in defined geographical or administrative areas.

Program Highlights: Partnerships and Participatory Approach

Partnerships and Participatory Approach

Program Highlights: Partnerships and Participatory Approach

28 December 2015

In Laos, USAID LEAF, along with implementation partner SNV, sought to establish cooperative partnerships to resolve complex land management issues with a broad range of stakeholders. The successes of USAID LEAF would not have been possible without the collaborative response and participatory approach of the project.

Program Highlights: Provincial REDD+ Action Plan in Lam Dong

Provincial REDD+ Action Plan in Lam Dong

Program Highlights: Provincial REDD+ Action Plan in Lam Dong

23 December 2015

Lam Dong province in Vietnam is known for its high forest cover and rich biodiversity. Over the past two decades, agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development have led to significant reductions in forest areas.

Program Highlights: Village Livelihood Development in Attapeu

Village Livelihood Development in Attapeu

Program Highlights: Village Livelihood Development in Attapeu

22 December 2015
Biodiversity in Attapeu province in Laos is under threat. Land clearing for agriculture, infrastructure development, and unsustained timber extraction is leading to deforestation and degradation of forest resources. USAID LEAF, with implementing partner SNV, sought to ease some of these pressures on forest areas by strengthening the management and resilience of the area’s stakeholders.

Program Highlights: Village Livelihood Development in Houaphan

Village Livelihood Development in Houaphan

Program Highlights: Village Livelihood Development in Houaphan

17 December 2015

The main threats to forest areas in Houaphan Province in Laos are encroachment by upland farming, shifting cultivation, unsustainable methods of non-timber forest product extraction, and unplanned logging. However, awareness raising about these issues is not sufficient when local communities are in poverty, and have no other viable options for their livelihoods.

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

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.

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