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Community Forest Management Training Supports Restoration Efforts

Community Forest Management Training Supports Restoration Efforts

Community Forest Management Training Supports Restoration Efforts

28 September 2015

USAID LEAF has been working in Laos for the past five years to restore forests that have experienced extensive deforestation. This work recently culminated in September 2015 with the completion of community forest management training for villages in the Sanamxay district in Attapeu province.

Using Google Earth Engine for Rapid Detection of Forest Degradation

Google Earth Engine for Rapid Detection of Forest Degradation

Using Google Earth Engine for Rapid Detection of Forest Degradation

05 August 2015

At a recent workshop sponsored by USAID LEAF, a new system for monitoring forest degradation and deforestation demonstrated an approach using Google Earth Engine (GEE) and CLASlite software to measure historical degradation rates.

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.

USAID LEAF Initiative Helps Develop Leaders for Gender Equality

Sunitha Bishan discusses key elements of training design on gender equality

USAID LEAF Initiative Helps Develop Leaders for Gender Equality

03 August 2015

USAID LEAF has been supporting a core group of 24 gender champions from 21 institutions in six Asia-Pacific countries through its flagship activity, Asia-Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender and Climate Change.

USAID LEAF conducts legal workshops to improve protected area land use compliance

USAID LEAF conducts legal workshops to improve protected area land use compliance

06 May 2015

The dense mountainous forest in Houaphan Province in Laos has been steadily decreasing over recent decades. USAID LEAF is working with government partners and local communities to reduce pressure on the forest resources of the Nam Xam National Protected Area (NPA) by raising awareness of important regulations governing use and management of forest.

Participatory Land Use Planning Expands in Papua New Guinea

Participatory Land Use Planning Expands in Papua New Guinea

14 July 2015

For more than 10 years, nine remote villages in the Adelbert Range of Papua New Guinea have been practicing participatory land use management planning (PLUMP), supported by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and in collaboration with USAID LEAF.

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:

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