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GEF Lao1In remote Houay Ngou village, northern Lao, 48 year old Keupkku is settling down to the evening news on his new color Television. At the other side of the room two of his daughters turn on the lights to continue their studies. Just a month ago this would not have been possible. But a newly installed 7.5kW hydro power turbine now supplies electricity to the Hmong ethnic community of 290 people.

“Thanks to the electricity from the micro hydro power, my daughters can now enjoy studying late at night,” said Keupkku. These benefits are a result of the villager’s initiative in proposing the construction of the micro hydro power system to the Sayaboury Provincial authorities. After securing funding from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the villagers voluntarily participated in constructing the small water catchment area, installing the pipes and transporting the building materials.

Read more: Lao PDR: Micro hydro power helps achieve sustainable livelihoods among minority community

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The Asian Development Bank and the Nordic Development Fund will give a US$2.5 million funding injection to Laos for capacity development in technical assistance to cope with climate change.

The agreement was signed by Senior Climate Change Specialist of the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Division of ADB, Mr Ancha Srinivasan, and Director General of the Environment Department of (WREA), Dr Viengsavanh Douangsavanh, in Vientiane yesterday.

Under an agreement from ADB and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), a technical assistance project will be launched with the aim of developing the capacity of WREA officials to cope with climate change, learn adaptation skills and reduce negative impacts.

Read more: Agreement helps Laos tackle effects of climate change

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Lao and international health officials are meeting to discuss the likely impacts of climate change on health and to set priority areas for vulnerability assessment and action in Laos.

Read more: Doctors consider climate change health impacts

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