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The workshop was attended by over 40 key actors representing different stakeholders, including policy and decision makers from concerned government ministries, academic institutions, and International non-governmental organizations.

Validation of Lao PDR's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

IUCN Lao PDR and the Department of Forest Resource Management (DFRM), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) co-organized a validation workshop on March 16 to finalize the revision of the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2016-2025 and the Fifth National Report (5NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). …  

04 Apr 2016 | Article

The Project Anoulak team in front of their research station.

NGO safeguards wildlife in Lao PDR through research-focused projects

The Nakai Nam Theun National Protected Area is home to numerous rare, endemic and highly threatened species which have in recent years come under threat from habitat loss and unsustainable hunting.  Through research-focused activities, French-registered NGO Project Anoulak seeks to ramp up conservation projects that protect the wildlife and preserve endangered species in the area. …  

18 Jan 2016 | Article

Participants contributing to the development of an integrated water resource management strategy

CSO forum identifies strategic priorities for water resource management in the 3S basins

“The BRIDGE forum provided us with the much-needed opportunity to interact with other civil society organisations, share knowledge, learn from each other's work and collectively develop solutions to manage our shared river basins.” …  

04 Jan 2016 | Article

Participants at COMACON 2015

Managing natural resources better together: conference in Bangkok explores the status of co-management in Bangladesh and the region

In many areas around the world, co-management is recognised as a successful approach to natural resources management. Co-management is a fairly new concept. In the past, many societies had closed systems for the management of natural resources, where one or maybe a few parties, for example, managed the resources (for example, a forest) and decided on its uses and the distribution of its benefits. …  

12 Nov 2015 | Article

Pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), critically endangered species.

IUCN’s Harry Messel Award given to two conservationists in Asia

Two conservationists who work in Asia received the 2015 Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership. The announcement of the winners was made last month during the IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders’ Meeting held in Abu Dhabi. …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Mekong River

Commentary: The UN Watercourses Convention – an opportunity to reinvigorate the Mekong Spirit

In 1995, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam signed the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. After decades of war and civil strife, it was celebrated as a triumph of the Mekong Spirit that would usher in a new era of regional peace and prosperity. The agreement established the Mekong River Commission, an inter-governmental institution made up of the four member states. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

Representatives from the government, private sector and civil society discuss CEPF graduation criteria.

Conservation partners discuss criteria for CEPF graduation from Lao PDR

The long-term vision of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in Lao PDR was at the center of discussions over the past two weeks at consultation workshops organized and facilitated by IUCN, and attended by representatives from the government, private sector and civil society. …  

18 Sep 2015 | Article

Village co-management committee meeting in Hin Nam No Protected Area, Lao PDR

Village rangers and a vertical co-management system ensure effective PA management – the case of Hin Nam No PA, Lao

Hin Nam No National Protected Area is one of Lao’s most inaccessible protected areas. GIZ has helped to set up co-management structures, which allow reliance on the skills and knowledge of local people to a large extent in order to ensure adequate management of the site in spite of the rugged terrain. The approach has been promoted as an “Inspiring Protected Area Solution” through the Panorama platform.   …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

IUCN Lao PDR Country Manager Adam Starr sharing some strategies for the revision of the NBSAP.

Technical working groups established to support development of second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The Department of Forest Resource Management (DFRM), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), on Thursday 27 August, organized a consultation workshop to support the revision and finalization of the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2011-2020. Held at Vientiane Plaza Hotel, the workshop comes three days after DFRM signed an agreement with IUCN to finalize the NBSAP and to prepare the Fifth National Report (5NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

6th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum opens with strong commitments to build solutions

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum starts today with strong multi-sectoral commitment to build solutions to Asia’s most urgent environment challenges. …  

10 Aug 2015 | Article

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