IUCN Lao supported officials from Lao PDR to learn about Rubber development
26 January 2009 | Event
In October 2008, IUCN Lao PDR supported several researchers and officials from Lao PDR and the People’s Republic of
The study tour, which also involved researchers from the Lao National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute and the Lao Environmental Research Institute, was aimed at building links between Lao and Chinese researchers and providing an opportunity for Lao researchers and officials to see how both industrial and small-scale rubber plantations have developed in Xishuangbanna.
As well as visiting smallholder rubber growers and rubber processing plants around Jinghong, capital city of
The study tour was organized as part of the Sumernet-supported “Rubber in the GMS” research project. This project, involving parallel research conducted by IUCN Lao PDR, NAFRI and ERI, aims to enhance the understanding of current trade and investment trends, as well as of the social, economic and environmental impacts of rubber development in Lao PDR.