25 key experts met on July 14 in Da Lat, Vietnam to integrate technical and policy components of the Lam Dong Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the province’s forest estate by 27% by 2020.

The plan has been developed through two years of close collaboration among stakeholders including the Lam Dong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) Program, and UN-REDD Phase II.  Once finalized later this year, the Lam Dong PRAP is expected to serve as a leading regional example of the development and implementation of a low emission land use planning framework, and will provide clear linkages between policy and actions on the ground.

“Through the PRAP, incentives in the form of payments or development support will be provided to groups of households, farmers and forest owners to reduce deforestation and degradation and also to plant trees,” said USAID LEAF Policy Advisor, Dr. Jeremy Broadhead.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update