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. Learn more about how to measure the carbon stored in mangrove forests in this video on a USAID and US Forest Service training in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia.

Thanh Hoa, Vietnam

The USAID LEAD program and USAID Vietnam Forests and Deltas program signed an MOU on October 7th with the Green Growth Task Force of Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam to help the province develop and implement a green growth action plan.

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.


Energy Modeling Tool Improves Climate Change Mitigation Efforts in Asia

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, conducted in cooperation with the USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development (ICED) program, 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.

Training on Carbon Stock Assessment of Mangrove Forests

The USAID LEAD program and US Forest Service, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia, organized a field training in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia on a new global protocol for measuring the carbon stored in mangrove forests developed by the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation program (SWAMP). SWAMP is a collaborative effort by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), USFS, and Oregon State University, with support from USAID. 


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