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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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Launch of the Pa Khoun Conservation Initiative in Vientiane

United States Embassy supports Pa Khoun (Cat Fish) conservation in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR

Each July, Pa Khoun (Wallago Leeri*), an endangered cat fish species, migrates to Hom District, Vientiane Province for breeding and spawning. The Nam Khui and Nam Saan rivers meet in Hom and this spot is the only known area for Pa Khoun breeding and spawning. Each year around this time, the rivers become packed with fishing boats as both local villagers and outsiders try to catch as many Pa Khoun as possible while they are plentiful in the area.  …  

19 Sep 2011 | Event
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The Saravan PEI team leads a women's discusion group about the impacts of a rubber plantation, July 2010.

Assessing the economic, social and environment costs and benefits of investment in Lao PDR

IUCN Lao PDR and partners recently presented the results of the project “Baseline Assessment of Economic, Social and Environmental Costs and Benefits of Investment in Savannakhet and Saravan Provinces, Lao PDR”. …  

25 Aug 2011 | Article
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IUCN KM Report

Knowledge Management in the IUCN Asia Region Programme

A knowledge management study was undertaken in the IUCN Asia Region to review the knowledge management needs and practices to help deliver the Asia Region Programme. A full report and action plan have been developed based on the surveys undertaken in October – November 2010.  …  

03 Aug 2011 | Article