The Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum serves as the premier annual gathering of policymakers, donors, practitioners, and other experts involved in enabling low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia. The annual event aims to facilitate regional coordination; share tools, models, approaches, and best practices; and increase capacity and readiness of practitioners to lead and implement LEDS and green growth initiatives.
Asia LEDS Forum 2013
The Asia LEDS Forum 2013 was held during October 1-4, 2013 in Manila, Philippines, with pre-meetings and side events on September 30. The Forum was hosted by the Philippines Climate Change Commission, with support from Asia LEDS Partnership members including USAID, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), AusAID, and ADB. The theme, “Putting LEDS into Practice,” reflected strong interest from members to move from planning to implementing LEDS, and in finding the best ways to make this a reality in different country contexts.
The 2013 Forum employed a variety of interactive formats over a course of three days to effectively deliver on the theme. Event structure supported peer learning and sharing, building of communities of practice, and skills acquisition to support LEDS implementation. Technical content focused on key areas of LEDS implementation, including engaging stakeholders, securing finance, selecting appropriate tools, and assessing impacts.
• Pre-Meetings and Side Events (September 30) included a workshop on LEDS in Transport and sessions on topics such as the Green Growth Best Practices (GGBP) Initiative.
The 2013 Forum increased the momentum generated following the launch of the Asia LEDS Partnership and recent Asia LEDS Partnership-sponsored activities. It offers a venue to expand and strengthen the network of LEDS practitioners in Asia, and an opportunity for participants to collaborate and strengthen readiness and capacity to achieve sustainable, low-emission economic development across Asia.
The objectives of the first Asia LEDS Forum held in September 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, were to enhance regional coordination on LEDS and green growth, identify priorities for promoting regional capacity building and knowledge-sharing, and establish an Asia regional LEDS network, the Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP). With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Thailand Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and a variety of other international and regional organizations, the event brought together more than 170 representatives of governments, civil society groups, businesses, and international partners from 17 Asian countries. The Asia LEDS Partnership was launched at the forum under the LEDS Global Partnership, and participants identified priorities for future Asia LEDS Partnership activities (see http://lowemissionsasia.org/forum2012/asia-leds-forum and http://ledsgp.org).
The Asia LEDS Partnership is now firmly established as a voluntary regional network comprised of organizations and individuals working to advance and implement low-carbon, climate-resilient development in Asia. To date, the Asia LEDS Partnership has responded to priorities identified during the first Asia LEDS Forum by organizing a regional workshop on access to climate financing, initiating a regional mapping of LEDS expertise and creation of a LEDS knowledge-base, developing a new regional LEDS training platform, and initiating plans for workshops on specific LEDS topics.