USAID LEAF Policy Support - Papua New Guinea
This factsheet is an overview of activities in Papua New Guinea in support of USAID’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program. The tropical forests in PNG are vast – around 28.5 million hectares – and are vital as carbon sinks. In recent years, however, they have diminished at an annual rate of 1.4 percent due to logging, agricultural expansion, and the development of infrastructure for mining and gas.
In 2013, a $6.4 UN-REDD project began to develop a measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system here. LEAF is working at the provincial, national, and regional levels to support policies that would advance REDD+.
In one province, for example, it is helping identify the drivers of deforestation and degradation and support participatory land-use planning. At the national level, it is helping the Department of Environment and Conservation to develop a Protected Areas policy. And it is creating potential legislative and regulatory amendments to the forestry sector law.
LEAF is also connecting PNG policymakers with regional platforms such as the ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forestry and Climate Change (ARKN-FCC).