The Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF) program is a five year programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA). The programme's goal is to strengthen the capacity of target countries to achieve meaningful and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry-land use sector, and so allow them to benefit from the emerging international REDD+ framework.
To meet its goal, the Programme employs a regional approach, collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders, partners and regional organizations to implement and/or support sub-national interventions in six countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia) and sharing lessons learned and best practices to scale-up innovation in and/or from potentially six other countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines).
The programme applies international expertise to inform regional dialogue, supports cross-region information exchange and standardisation, and acts as a regional hub of expertise for issues of:
- Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation,
- Reference Level (RL) Development, Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring,
- Low Emission Land Use Planning,
- REDD+ Legal and Policy Review and Accounting Framework Development,
- REDD+ Financing and Carbon Market Development
- Gender Equity in Climate Change and REDD+, and
- Social and Environmental Safeguards