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Pygmy hog (Porcula salvania), critically endangered species.

IUCN’s Harry Messel Award given to two conservationists in Asia

Two conservationists who work in Asia received the 2015 Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership. The announcement of the winners was made last month during the IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders’ Meeting held in Abu Dhabi. …  

05 Oct 2015 | Article

Mekong River

Commentary: The UN Watercourses Convention – an opportunity to reinvigorate the Mekong Spirit

In 1995, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam signed the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. After decades of war and civil strife, it was celebrated as a triumph of the Mekong Spirit that would usher in a new era of regional peace and prosperity. The agreement established the Mekong River Commission, an inter-governmental institution made up of the four member states. …  

02 Oct 2015 | Article

Representatives from the government, private sector and civil society discuss CEPF graduation criteria.

Conservation partners discuss criteria for CEPF graduation from Lao PDR

The long-term vision of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in Lao PDR was at the center of discussions over the past two weeks at consultation workshops organized and facilitated by IUCN, and attended by representatives from the government, private sector and civil society. …  

18 Sep 2015 | Article

Village co-management committee meeting in Hin Nam No Protected Area, Lao PDR

Village rangers and a vertical co-management system ensure effective PA management – the case of Hin Nam No PA, Lao

Hin Nam No National Protected Area is one of Lao’s most inaccessible protected areas. GIZ has helped to set up co-management structures, which allow reliance on the skills and knowledge of local people to a large extent in order to ensure adequate management of the site in spite of the rugged terrain. The approach has been promoted as an “Inspiring Protected Area Solution” through the Panorama platform.   …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

IUCN Lao PDR Country Manager Adam Starr sharing some strategies for the revision of the NBSAP.

Technical working groups established to support development of second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The Department of Forest Resource Management (DFRM), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), on Thursday 27 August, organized a consultation workshop to support the revision and finalization of the second National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2011-2020. Held at Vientiane Plaza Hotel, the workshop comes three days after DFRM signed an agreement with IUCN to finalize the NBSAP and to prepare the Fifth National Report (5NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

6th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum opens with strong commitments to build solutions

IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum starts today with strong multi-sectoral commitment to build solutions to Asia’s most urgent environment challenges. …  

10 Aug 2015 | Article

Trainers sharing catfish breeding techniques with villagers

Capacity building training strengthens Southern Lao PDR communities’ resilience to climate change impacts

In late June, IUCN Lao PDR, along with the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project and its partner the Ministry of Forestry (MAF), conducted capacity building training on frog and catfish breeding for communities in Khammouan province, so as to strengthen their resilience to the impacts of climate change. …  

20 Jul 2015 | Article


On the verge of extinction: A look at endangered species in the Indo-Burma Hotspot

The Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, which covers Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and parts of southern China, is one of the most biologically rich − and highly threatened − places on the globe. …  

16 Jun 2015 | Article

Tiger (Panthera tigris)

IUCN launches second call for Tiger conservation projects

After a successful first call for proposals in October last year, IUCN's Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) is now calling for a second round of proposals from eligible applicants. …  

10 Jun 2015 | News story

Representatives of Government, U.N and civil society organizations sharing information about the importance of biodiversity during a press conference.

IUCN Lao PDR reaffirms commitment to protect Lao’s biodiversity

To celebrate this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), representatives from the Lao Government, the U.N., as well as national and international civil society organizations gathered together at a press conference held at Lao Plaza Hotel on 22 May to share their views on the importance of biodiversity in Lao PDR.  …  

26 May 2015 | Article