The USAID Low Emissions Asian Development program, in partnership with the Asian Greenhouse Gas Management Center and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, held a course from September 24 to 26 in Bangkok on the fundamentals and benefits of low emission development strategies (LEDS).

Participants included a group of 20 policymakers and practitioners from Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. They discussed the LEDS process, what it means and how it benefits developing countries in Asia. In addition, the participants role-played and reviewed training strategies so that they themselves, as selected regional champions, can design and deliver training seminars on LEDS to national and sub-national government officials in their respective countries in the future.

Low emission development strategies are a national strategic analysis and planning process covering all economic sectors to promote economic growth while reducing long-term greenhouse gas emission trajectories. For developing countries in Asia, LEDS help promote green growth, increase economic productivity and efficiency and address environmental and social development challenges.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update