Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests



The Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests (LEAF) programme is a five-year, USD 20 million dollar programme, engaging regional governments, forestry and climate mitigation specialists and universities in technical capacity building focused on REDD+.

The programme's overall 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”.

LEAF takes a regional approach to strengthening forest management in six core countries: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia, where it collaborates with a diverse group of stakeholders, partners and regional organizations to implement and/or support sub-national interventions. LEAF also shares lessons learned and aims to scale up innovation in six further potential countries, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines.

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.
  4. Demonstrate innovation in sustainable land management.

Winrock International is the prime implementing partner for the LEAF programme, with SNV–Netherlands Development Organisation, Climate Focus and RECOFTC (The Centere for People and Forests) acting as partners. LEAF is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

For more information, please visit the LEAF website

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‘Road to REDDiness – Making RELs Work’ regional workshop in Bangkok, August 2011 for government officials and regional specialists. Focused on the technical issues surrounding RELs and best methods to develop regional collaboration.


LEAF works to strengthen each country’s technical capability to monitor forest cover and carbon stock changes through specialized trainings in REDD+ implementation, and the development of educational curricula on climate change and REDD+ issues.