Manila, Philippines – On October 2, 2013, at the Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum 2013 in Manila, Philippines, the inaugural meeting of the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group of the Asia LEDS Partnership and LEDS Global Partnership was organized. The USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program and USAID Low Emissions Asia Development (LEAD) program, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), organized Approximately 50 stakeholders representing governments, universities, the private sector, and international organizations such as the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) discussed how to create an AFOLU community of practice to share and test tools across different landscapes at national and subnational scales in Asia. The AFOLU discussions in Manila also built on recommendations from a previous LEAF/USFS workshop on low-emission land use and forest planning.
Next steps will include bringing together the AFOLU Working Group as well as existing networks and initiatives to finalize its vision, mission and objectives and strengthen the collaboration plan. On the same day at the forum, other groups of participants met to discuss strengthening regional communitities of practice on low-emission development in the energy and transport sectors, and at the subnational levels, as well as increased collaboration with simimarily themed working groups of the LEDS Global Partnership.
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