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Surrounding communities rely on the river for transportation

Water for peace in south Asia

Bangladesh and India have some of the most intricate and complex river systems in the world. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, the three major rivers, along with their tributaries drain an area of about 1.75 million square kilometres supporting a population of 620 million people. …  

14 Mar 2012 | News story

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World Wetlands Day celebrated in Lao PDR’s Two Ramsar sites.

Ramsar site launching in Xe Champhone Ramsar site on the 6th February 2012 and awareness raising events in Bueng kiat Ngong Ramsar site on 2nd - 3rd February 2012 

13 Feb 2012 | Article
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A woman fishing at a fishing hole in Beung Kiat Ngong.

Women’s groups confirm the importance of biodiversity conservation in Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands, Champassak, Lao PDR

 Mekong Water Dialogue’s work in Champassak Province, Lao PDR includes a study on the women’s groups and their traditional use of natural resources. During a recent field survey in Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands, the MWD field officer, Mr. Vilavong met with local women and observed their daily work. The experience gave Mr. Vilavong a new appreciation for the importance of the aquatic plants and animals in the wetlands to local livelihoods. …  

17 Jan 2012 | Event
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Mekong river in Xayabouri Province

Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Livelihoods along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Xayabouri and Vientiane Provinces, Lao PDR

The Mekong River above Vientiane, extending upstream to Luang Prabang, is one of the least-studied sections of the entire Mekong mainstream. No detailed bird or other fauna surveys have been conducted in most of this stretch of the river, which is considered a critical habitat, migration and breeding corridor for numerous species of conservation and economic significance. 

09 Jan 2012 | Event
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Workshop participants visit ‘water onion’ conservation site.

Lao National Working Group members see environmental flows in action in Thailand

Member of the Lao National Working Group for the Mekong Water Dialogues, Ms Phetlavanh Sinpaseuth from Earth Systems Lao, writes about a recent field trip and training workshop on the importance of environmental flows, organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

07 Dec 2011 | Event
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Kristen Carusos

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week - final reflections

During Asia Pacific Forestry Week (APFW), private enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and influential players in the environmental and forestry sector came together to debate the challenges and opportunities that Asia's forests face. Kristen Carusos of IUCN’s China office gives her take on the proceedings. …  

22 Nov 2011 | News story

Forest in Lao PDR

Supporting REDD Implementation in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia through the Design of a REDD-compliant Benefit Distribution System

For Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia there are significant opportunities in REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries).
 

16 Nov 2011 | Downloads - publication
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Local woman boats across Beung Kiat Ngong

Lao PDR’s Ramsar sites, Xe Champhone and Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands, learn from each other

Supported by the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project, local officials and community representatives from the Xe Champhone Wetland in Savannakhet Province recently travelled together to Beung Kiat Ngong in Champassak Province to strengthen capacity and build a vision for sustainable wetland management. …  

04 Oct 2011 | Event
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Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

Implementing Conservation and Wise Use in Lao PDR’s two Ramsar sites

Since joining the Ramsar Convention last year, the Government of Lao PDR and its partners have stepped up implementation of the Convention and its principles of conservation and wise use of wetlands. 

30 Sep 2011 | Downloads - publication
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White-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar)

National Action Plan for Conservation of Gibbons welcomed in Vientiane

The Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has taken a further step to demonstrate its commitment to protecting globally important biodiversity by launching a national action plan for the conservation of gibbons.  

23 Sep 2011 | Downloads - publication
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