January 31, 2014 – The Asia LEDS Partnership helped launch a new working group in October 2013 under the LEDS Global Partnership for organizations and experts involved in reducing emissions from the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use sector. The AFOLU Working Group will promote collaboration and peer learning to support implementation of climate-resilient, low-emission development in these 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.
Several organizations that volunteered at the Asia LEDS Forum 2013 to support the working group − the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (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 − as well as other institutions including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), are starting to draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the working group. In March, 2014 representatives of these organizations will meet to finalize and circulate the draft TOR for input from all members and other interested individuals. This drafting committee will also plan the next meeting of the AFOLU Working Group during the first week of May 2014 on the sidelines of the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Stay tuned for more details on how you can participate in the working group, and updates on planned activities to provide capacity building on use of AFOLU related tools and assessment methods. For more information visit http://ledsgp.org/sector/AFOLU or send us an email at Secretariat@asialeds.org.