Theory of Change

Together, the Alliance seeks to improve rural livelihoods and natural resource management in key region of the Tropics through innovative approaches to low-emission rural development (LED-R). These approaches emphasize locally informed and designed solutions that integrate into or can scale up to sub-national and national level policies and programs. 


what is low-emission rural development?

Characteristics of LEd-R

  • Climate stability is an explicit goal
  • Encompasses heterogeneous regions or jurisdictions (natural or political)
  • Engages key actors through multi-sector, participatory, and bottom-up approaches
  • Transforms systems & institutions for governing natural resources
  • Empowers local institutions to drive positive change

why led-R? a framework for large-scale, bottom-up solutions

Five principal pillars define progress toward low-emission rural development.

Five principal pillars define progress toward low-emission rural development.

  • Top-down strategies for slowing deforestation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are failing to improve well-being
  • Innovative, holistic approaches are needed that integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation goals with the concerns for human well-being that are at the heart of sustainable development agenda
  • Solutions to deforestation and other challenges must be anchored in local cultures, economies, and policies
  • LED-R is sustainable development, with an eye towards climate change

What We've Achieved

STA partners have celebrated some major successes in promoting LED-R throughout the Tropics:

  • Protecting 5000+ hectares of forest area in Peru under agreements with key stakeholders. 
  • Signing of a 4-party MOU with STA partner Inovasi Bumi, the Central Kalimantan provincial government, the Seruyan district government, and the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge companies in support of a jurisdictional certification approach for palm oil.
  • Building capacity of key government staff in Mato Grosso to implement Brazil's national Forest Code.
  • Planting more than 51 million trees in Kenya to support critical hydrological services and help communities adapt to local impacts of climate change.
  • Supporting the creation of an alliance of 7 state Ministries of Environment to develop LED-R strategies in Mexico.
  • Launching an accessible and transparent online monitoring platform to track progress against deforestation and social targets in Mato Grosso.