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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 May 22 to share their views on the importance of biodiversity in Lao PDR.  …  

26 May 2015 | Article

Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Conclusion of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province.  | Lao

27 Apr 2015 | News story

Mekong Basin

Fresh approach to water solutions in Lao

Communities living near the Mekong River depend on fishing for food and income, but many fish species are in decline. To improve conditions FISHBIO, and its Conservation Director Harmony Patricio, have evaluated the effectiveness of existing Freshwater Protected Areas (FPAs) in the Mekong River Basin of Lao PDR by training locals in data collection.  …  

26 Mar 2015 | Article

IUCN Lao BKN Biodiversity Survey

Survey calls for stronger enforcement of wildlife laws in Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site

The Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province, Lao PDR, was designated as a Ramsar site in 2010 because it provides feeding and spawning grounds for many species of fish and birds. The wetland is one of the few areas in Lao PDR that contains peatlands and supports traditional elephant rearing. It also has significant cultural value for local communities because of its proximity to Phou Asa, an important sacred mountain. …  

26 Mar 2015 | Downloads - publication

Asia Review 2013-2014

IUCN in Asia: delivering change through partnerships

IUCN Asia Review 2013-2014 is now available for download. In this issue we focus on the many partnerships we embarked on in the past two years, working together for people and nature in order to deliver positive change for the environment. …  

23 Feb 2015 | Article

IUCN Lao BKN CC VA

Climate change vulnerability assessment for Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Lao PDR

The Lower Mekong Basin covers an area of 606,000 km2 and has a population of more than 60 million people in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The region supports the livelihood of many who rely on its natural resources.  

12 Feb 2015 | Downloads - publication

Trainers conducting a fish survey with villagers

Training helps Lao PDR communities manage Fish Conservation Zones

The lives of Northern Lao PDR communities are built around fish as they are a valuable source of food and income.  Decline in fisheries productivity and fish diversity would lead to economic and health problems for people in this region.   
 

11 Feb 2015 | News story

Participants from Beung Kiat Ngong and Xe Champhone Ramsar sites discuss ways to improve tourism and rice cultivation.

Communities from Southern Lao PDR share experiences on Ramsar site management

Community members from Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site in Champasak province recently participated in a study tour in Xe Champhone Ramsar site in Savannakhet province. Held from 10-12 December 2014, the objective of the study tour, which is one of the closing activities of the four-year long Mekong Water Dialogues projects, was for communities to share experiences on Ramsar governance and promote the Ramsar Convention principle on the wise use of wetlands.  

28 Dec 2014 | News story

Community mapping in the village of Phonmouang, a key village adjacent to Phou Sithon, Borlikhamxay Province in  Lao PDR in 2014

Inspiring conservation of Saola and other endemic species in Lao PDR

The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensisis) is probably the most endangered large mammal in the Indo-Burma region. For success in Saola conservation, immediate site-based actions are required to prevent rapid extinction, as well as longer-term initiatives to ensure the species’ survival in perpetuity. Seeking to meet these goals, this project is being implemented by King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in collaboration with the IUCN SSC Saola Working Group in the newly-designated Phou Sithon Endangered Species Conservation Area, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR (one of the only protected areas in the Key Biodiversity Area "Eastern Bolikhamxay Mountains", covering 14,200 ha of evergreen forest), with funding from a Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)/IUCN small grant. …  

22 Dec 2014 | Article

CEEbA project leaflet

CEEbA - Capacity Enhancement to Integrate Ecosystem-based Adaptation into Sub-national Development Planning in Lao PDR

Consistent with the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) programme funded by the European Union, IUCN Lao PDR, in partnership with the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Lao Biodiversity Association (LBA), has developed the “Capacity Enhancement to Integrate Ecosystem-based Adaptation into Sub-national Development Planning in Lao PDR (CEEbA)” project. 

 
 

16 Dec 2014 | Downloads - document

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