Staff from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Low Emissions Asian Development...
To support the work of the Asia LEDS Partnership, the USAID LEAD program created this new video to explain the concepts of green growth and LEDS, and to highlight the benefits that countries can enjoy by greening key sectors of the economy.
To assist countries in Asia improve energy policy analysis and greenhouse gas mitigation assessment, the USAID LEAD program is providing advanced training on use of the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System, or LEAP, software tool.
USAID LEAD is helping countries in Asia make more informed and transparent decisions on how to manage protected natural resource areas that provide critical ecosystem services and can act as a vital carbon sink and a buffer against climate-driven changes.
USAID LEAD has partnered with the USEPA and UNFCCC to train over 100 officials and experts in Asia on the methodologies for estimating greenhouse gas emissions based on international best practices.
Asian countries can spur economic growth and improve people's lives while cutting greenhouse gas emissions through green growth strategies, said government leaders and experts at the third annual Asia LEDS Forum in Yogyakarta, Indonesia November 11-13, 2014.
Mangrove forests help address climate change by removing and storing large amounts of carbon. To support effective management of these ecosystems, USAID LEAD and the US Forest Service are helping Cambodian officials and experts measure the carbon stored in the country's mangrove forests.
The LEAD program recently conducted a three-day regional leadership course on Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) to help officials in Asia better understand the LEDS process and the economic, social, and environmental benefits for countries.
The USAID LEAD program is training Asian energy experts, planners, and policymakers on use of the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) software, a sophisticated tool for energy policy analysis and GHG mitigation assessment. The USAID program has conducted a series of trainings in Indonesia and Thailand for more than 80 participants from 10 ASEAN and South Asian countries.
Application of the tool is happening around the region. At the March 2014 training in Medan, Indonesia, a team of Indonesian energy experts were able to overcome challenges in their efforts to combine 33 provincial LEAP software files that project the energy supply, energy demand, and GHG emission trends in each province into larger models for an island, the nation’s six geographic corridors, and eventually the entire country.
Climate change is one of the greatest economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the world today. Avoiding the negative consequences of climate change – including increased risk of floods, droughts, and storms, sea level rise, water scarcity and other impacts that often cause major economic shocks − requires managing the emissions of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. USAID LEAD experts work with countries’ national greenhouse gas inventory teams to improve their ability to prepare high-quality inventories on a regular basis, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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