Cambodia-Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF)

From Open Energy Information

About LEAF1

"The Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF) program is a five year, $20 million dollar program, engaging regional governments, forestry and climate mitigation specialists and universities in technical capacity building focused on REDD+. The program'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, thus allowing these countries to benefit from the emerging international REDD+ framework.

The Program employs a regional approach to meet this goal by 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).

Overall, LEAF's activities center on regional information exchange and learning through three main processes:

-Applying international technical expertise to inform regional dialogue on developing REDD+ procedures and processes.

-Supporting regional bodies and mechanisms which themselves support information exchange and standardization across the region.

-Functioning as a regional hub of expertise in relation to seven key regional issues:

  1. Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation,
  2. Reference Level (RL) Development, Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring,
  3. Low Emission Land Use Planning,
  4. REDD+ Legal and Policy Review and Accounting Framework Development,
  5. REDD+ Financing and Carbon Market Development
  6. Gender Equity in Climate Change and REDD+, and
  7. Social and Environmental Safeguards

LEAF's regional approach is designed to meet the following objectives:

  1. Replicate and scale-up innovation through regional platforms and partnerships,
  2. Assist in the development of policy and market incentives for GHG reductions,
  3. Build and institutionalize technical capacity for economic valuation of forest ecosystem services and monitoring changes in forest carbon stocks, and
  4. Demonstrate innovation in sustainable land management.

Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (Winrock International) is the prime implementing partner for the LEAF program. Winrock is a world leader in forest carbon and ecosystem science, providing training and capacity building services across the globe. SNV–Netherlands Development Organization, Climate Focus and RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests are partners of Winrock. SNV is recognized for its expertise in community forestry, rural development, and local renewable energy. Climate Focus is a leader in climate policy development. RECOFTC is recognized for its leadership in training and capacity building related to forestry and climate change.

LEAF is funded by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA)."

News and Activities

Survey and Analysis of REDD+ Project Activities in Cambodia "This report assesses methodological approaches and institutional arrangements used in REDD+ field activities in Cambodia and evaluates commonalities and divergences to provide information on how these activities can be integrated into a national-level REDD+ accounting framework. Different sections cover Baselines; Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV); Benefit Distribution Systems; Non-Permanence Risk, Leakage, and Uncertainty; and Social and Environmental Safeguards."2 Link to Full Report


  1.  "About LEAF"
  2.  "Survey and Analysis of REDD+ Project Activities in Cambodia"