Rice farmer with his family in Ban Tansoum, Xe Champhone Ramsar Site Photo: IUCN Lao PDR

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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