Asia

Lao PDR

Rice farmer with his family in Ban Tansoum, Xe Champhone Ramsar Site

Geographically located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is bordered by China, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Viet Nam. With a comparatively pristine natural environment and a small population of approximately 6.5 million, the country is sometimes considered an undiscovered ‘treasure' in the region.

IUCN first worked in Lao PDR in 1988 by providing technical assistance to a Lao-Swedish Forestry Programme. In 1992, at the invitation of the government, the country office was established in the capital, Vientiane.

IUCN Lao PDR maintains a strategic focus on three programme areas: biodiversity, environment and communities; climate change; and water and wetlands.

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