National Protected Areas

National Protected Areas

The importance of National Protected Areas (NPAs) and IUCN's objectives for the development and support of NPAs in Lao PDR.

Protected Areas and the natural resources they hold are key to livelihoods and development. Renewing its focus on protected area management, IUCN Lao PDR is assisting in clarifying Lao PDR's protected area system using IUCN's protected areas categories and seeking to increase management effectiveness, enhance conservation at realistic scales and contribute to poverty reduction at the community level in ways appropriate to existing capacities .
Objectives

  • Effective national protected area (NPA) system that addresses the particular conservation needs of each NPA and supports the meaningful involvement of local communities;
  • Deepened understanding of links between poverty reduction and conservation that feeds into decision-making; and
  • Financially viable and sustainable NPA system.
     

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Waterfall in Paksong district, Lao