From January 20 to 24, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests project convened 32 professors from 10 Southeast Asian universities and two U.S. universities in Bangkok to build capacity for climate change curriculum development.

Developed collaboratively by the project, the U.S. Forest Service, and its university partners, the training modules on basic climate change and low emission land use planning are designed for regional replication. Inputs received will feed into the next stage of technical review and materials editing.

The remaining two modules, forest carbon measurement and monitoring, and social and environmental soundness, will be tested in May. “Climate science knowledge is lacking in the region, so this effort is especially significant,” explained one participant from University Putra Malaysia.

The project's curriculum development work is part of a joint effort among regional universities to build capacity of the next generation of climate and forest professionals throughout the region.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update