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International Biological Diversity Day event in Xieng Khuang Province.

International Day of Biological Diversity Celebrated in Xieng Khouang Province

This year International Day of Biological Diversity celebrations came to Paek District, Xieng Khouang Province, well-known for its historical, cultural as well as natural beauty . The celebrations were organized by The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI), led by the Department of Forestry in collaboration with a number of government and international organizations, including IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

30 May 2011 | Event
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Promoting decision support tools for Integrated Water Resource Management

Working with IUCN, the Mekong Water Dialogues and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Denmark-based global water and environment institute (DHI) hosted a seminar in Vientiane on 25 May to present and discuss “decision support tools for water resources and river basin management”. …  

26 May 2011 | Event

Whole bear gall bladders and pills are the most frequently encountered products

Illegal bear bile trade rampant in Asia

Poaching and illegal trade of bears, driven largely by the demand for bile, used in traditional medicine and folk remedies continues unabated across Asia on a large scale, a new report by TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF, has found. …  

11 May 2011 | News story

Songdo ConvensiA, Incheon

5th IUCN Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature is organizing the 5th Asia Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) from September 27 to 30, 2011 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. …  

03 May 2011 | Event

Fishermen on the Mekong, Lao PDR

One river, many countries: Sharing the mighty Mekong

Experts from the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues recently participated in the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world. …  

08 Apr 2011 | News story

Rubber Investments and Market Linkages in Lao PDR: Approaches for Sustainability

Concluding in 2009, the research project “Rubber Investments and Market Linkages in Lao PDR: Approaches for Sustainability”, was supported by the Sustainable Mekong Research Network, Sumernet. Utilizing a combination of desk-based research and field work carried out in northern and southern Lao PDR, China and Vietnam, this study examines the investment trends, market linkages and business models that are driving the development of rubber in Lao PDR, focusing on the ties between the Lao rubber sector and those of its neighbours. …  

05 Apr 2011 | Event
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Rapid Biodiversity Assessment for Stora Enso Plantations in Southern Lao PDR

This “Rapid Biodiversity Assessment for Stora Enso Plantations in Southern Lao PDR” was conducted in five districts in Savannakhet and Saravan Provinces, Lao PDR between October and November 2007. The assessment informs the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment process and to guide planning, management and monitoring decisions for the proposed Stora Enso Eucalyptus Plantation. …  

05 Apr 2011 | Event
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Phaivanh Phiapalath with local surveyor in Khoun Xe, 2010

The communicator

Dr Phaivanh Phiapalath - the Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic

In a country like Laos, where rapid socio-economic development is driven by the exploitation of natural resources, and the human and financial resources to protect the environment are extremely scarce, nature conservation is not the highest priority. Phaivanh Phiapalath, IUCN's Senior Programme Officer specialized in protected areas management and wildlife in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, has found a way to put nature on top of many people’s agendas. His secret is 'friendly communication'. …  

04 Apr 2011 | News story

Call to Action: Conservation of Gibbons in Lao PDR

Developed for the project “Conservation Action Planning for Gibbons in Lao PDR”, this Call to Action highlights the gibbon species of Lao PDR, threats to their continued survival and requirements for their conservation. The project is being implemented by IUCN Lao PDR and Fauna & Flora International, partnering with the Division for Forest Resources Conservation. Funded by the United States Embassy in Lao PDR, with contributions from the Arcus Foundation and Mohammed Bin Zayid Foundation, the planning process aims to engage important stakeholders, improve knowledge of gibbon populations, and leverage future support for their conservation. …  

31 Mar 2011 | Event
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Workshop participants gather to discuss ideas for wetland management.

Wetlands management moving forward in the Lower Mekong Region

With the accession of Lao PDR to the Ramsar Convention in 2010, all the countries of the Lower Mekong River Basin are now Contracting Parties to the Convention. In order to assist the Lao government in their implementation of the Convention, the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, together with additional support from the Ramsar Secretariat, organized a workshop from 21 - 25 March 2011 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. …  

25 Mar 2011 | Event