The Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group under of the LEDS Global Partnership organized a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia on 7 May 2014 that drew the participation of forty-five representatives of government agencies, donor organizations, academia, the private sector, NGOs, and global research organizations. This was the second meeting of the AFOLU Working Group – following its launch last October at the Asia LEDS Forum 2013 in Manila Philippines – and focused on two main objectives: reviewing and discussing the Working Group’s purpose, strategy, and activity plan; and sharing knowledge through presentations and discussions on forest monitoring, low-emission land use planning, and capacity building for climate smart agroforestry. Click here to download a summary report of the meeting.
Specifically, the workshop participants:
- reviewed and offered inputs on the Working Group’s draft strategy and activity plan, and suggested institutions and individuals who should be engaged to participate;
- learned about a new, freely available online tool (Global Forest Watch) for near-real-time forest monitoring, and discussed potential ways the Working Group and Global Forest Watch could collaborate;
- learned about a low-emission land use planning case study implemented in Indonesia by the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), and discussed its potential application/replication elsewhere in the region; and
- learned about a climate-smart agroforestry initiative being implemented by Development Alternatives in India.
Some key next steps suggested by participants during the meeting or by planning committee members following the meeting included the following:
- Working Group members should help identify at least three representatives (e.g., from agriculture, forestry, and planning agencies) from each country in the region to actively participate in the AFOLU WG;
- the Working Group Planning Committee will share a refined WG purpose and strategy with members after incorporating suggestions offered by participants; and
- Working Group members should try to recruit at least 1 new member from one of the key institutions listed in Annex 3 of the Summary Report.
The meeting took place immediately following the Forests Asia Summit convened by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a founding member of the AFOLU Working Group. A summary of discussions and recommendations from each session of the AFOLU Working Group meeting are elaborated in the workshop report here.
The AFOLU Working Group aims to promote collaboration and peer learning to support implementation of climate-resilient, low-emission development in the agriculture, forestry and other land use sub-sectors, for example through integrated land use planning and adoption of best practices for land management. Activities of the AFOLU Working Group in 2014 will focus on Asia, and expand to other regions in 2015. There are four sectoral LEDS Global Partnership Working Groups – Transport, AFOLU, Energy, and Waste Management – that develop and deliver technical resources, training, expert assistance, and match-making, and engage with current topical networks and convene virtual forums.
Since the first meeting in 2013, a small group of volunteers – including CIFOR, ICRAF, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program, USAID Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program, United Nations University, and U.S. Forest Service – has met periodically via teleconference to advance the AFOLU Working Group.