To support the work of the Asia LEDS Partnership, the USAID LEAD program created this new video to explain the concepts of green growth and LEDS, and to highlight the benefits that countries can enjoy by greening key sectors of the economy.

LEAP training

To assist countries in Asia improve energy policy analysis and greenhouse gas mitigation assessment, the USAID LEAD program is providing advanced training on use of the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System, or LEAP, software tool.

TBL training

USAID LEAD is helping countries in Asia make more informed and transparent decisions on how to manage protected natural resource areas that provide critical ecosystem services and can act as a vital carbon sink and a buffer against climate-driven changes.

USAID LEAD has partnered with the USEPA and UNFCCC to train over 100 officials and experts in Asia on the methodologies for estimating greenhouse gas emissions based on international best practices.

Asian countries can spur economic growth and improve people's lives while cutting greenhouse gas emissions through green growth strategies, said government leaders and experts at the third annual Asia LEDS Forum in Yogyakarta, Indonesia November 11-13, 2014.

Mangrove forests help address climate change by removing and storing large amounts of carbon. To support effective management of these ecosystems, USAID LEAD and the US Forest Service are helping Cambodian officials and experts measure the carbon stored in the country's mangrove forests.

The LEAD program recently conducted a three-day regional leadership course on Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) to help officials in Asia better understand the LEDS process and the economic, social, and environmental benefits for countries.

Success Stories

Energy Modeling Tool Improves Climate Change Mitigation Efforts in Asia

The USAID LEAD program is training Asian energy experts, planners, and policymakers on use of the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) software, a sophisticated tool for energy policy analysis and GHG mitigation assessment. The USAID program has conducted a series of trainings in Indonesia and Thailand for more than 80 participants from 10 ASEAN and South Asian countries.

Application of the tool is happening around the region. At the March 2014 training in Medan, Indonesia, a team of Indonesian energy experts were able to overcome challenges in their efforts to combine 33 provincial LEAP software files that project the energy supply, energy demand, and GHG emission trends in each province into larger models for an island, the nation’s six geographic corridors, and eventually the entire country.

USAID LEAD helps Asian countries improve systems to estimate greenhouse gas emissions

Philipine participants and trainersClimate change is one of the greatest economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the world today. Avoiding the negative consequences of climate change – including increased risk of floods, droughts, and storms, sea level rise, water scarcity and other impacts that often cause major economic shocks − requires managing the emissions of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. USAID LEAD experts work with countries’ national greenhouse gas inventory teams to improve their ability to prepare high-quality inventories on a regular basis, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Training on Carbon Stock Assessment of Mangrove Forests

The USAID LEAD program and US Forest Service, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia, organized a field training in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia on a new global protocol for measuring the carbon stored in mangrove forests developed by the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation program (SWAMP). SWAMP is a collaborative effort by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), USFS, and Oregon State University, with support from USAID. 

Green Growth in Asia

Green growth is a new inclusive development paradigm to help countries increase resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and spur economic growth across all sectors of economy. To help communicate the concept of green growth and highlight the benefits that countries can enjoy through greening key sectors of the economy in an easy-to-understand way, the Asia LEDS Partnership has developed a new short animated video. Click on the image below to watch the video, or go to


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  • Cambodia

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Laos

  • Malaysia

  • Nepal

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Philippines

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam

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