Lying at the centre of the programme, Governance represents IUCN Lao PDR’s continuing efforts to strengthen institutions and enhance the processes of decision-making – at many levels and across a broad range of stakeholders – to achieve national conservation and development goals. IUCN Lao governance work seeks to demonstrate how the social and environmental outcomes of development and conservation depend to a large degree on how decisions are made and implemented.


  • Enhanced and sustained coordination among government agencies on key policy and implementation issues (related to protected areas, agrobiodiversity and water);
  • Meaningful involvement of civil society organizations and the private sector in environmental decision-making;
  • Policy processes that draw on multiple sources of scientific information; and
  • Transparent and inclusive implementation of selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and regional cooperation.