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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

Trainers sharing catfish breeding techniques with villagers

Capacity building training strengthens Southern Lao PDR communities’ resilience to climate change impacts

In late June, IUCN Lao PDR, along with the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project and its partner the Ministry of Forestry (MAF), conducted capacity building training on frog and catfish breeding for communities in Khammouan province, so as to strengthen their resilience to the impacts of climate change. …  

20 Jul 2015 | Article

Saola

On the verge of extinction: A look at endangered species in the Indo-Burma Hotspot

The Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, which covers Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and parts of southern China, is one of the most biologically rich − and highly threatened − places on the globe. …  

16 Jun 2015 | Article

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

IUCN launches second call for Tiger conservation projects

After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

Representatives of Government, U.N and civil society organizations sharing information about the importance of biodiversity during a press conference.

IUCN Lao PDR reaffirms commitment to protect Lao’s biodiversity

To celebrate this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), representatives from the Lao Government, the U.N., as well as national and international civil society organizations gathered together at a press conference held at Lao Plaza Hotel on 22 May to share their views on the importance of biodiversity in Lao PDR.  …  

26 May 2015 | Article

Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Conclusion of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province.  | Lao

27 Apr 2015 | News story

Mekong Basin

Fresh approach to water solutions in Lao

Communities living near the Mekong River depend on fishing for food and income, but many fish species are in decline. To improve conditions FISHBIO, and its Conservation Director Harmony Patricio, have evaluated the effectiveness of existing Freshwater Protected Areas (FPAs) in the Mekong River Basin of Lao PDR by training locals in data collection.  …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

IUCN Lao BKN Biodiversity Survey

Survey calls for stronger enforcement of wildlife laws in Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site

The Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province, Lao PDR, was designated as a Ramsar site in 2010 because it provides feeding and spawning grounds for many species of fish and birds. The wetland is one of the few areas in Lao PDR that contains peatlands and supports traditional elephant rearing. It also has significant cultural value for local communities because of its proximity to Phou Asa, an important sacred mountain. …  

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