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Lao PDR

Published on 25 July 2018
A multibillion-dollar dam, meant to boost Laos’s economy, collapsed and led to the deaths of dozens, with many still missing. Our correspondent traveled to Laos to speak with families who are trying to salvage what’s left.(Image by Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times) Ms. Chantamart, 35, and many of her neighbors escaped the deadly flood. But others were not so lucky when an auxiliary…
Published on 10 August 2017
http://www.circleofblue.org/2017/world/one-one-big-hydropower-dams-disrupt-mekong-rivers-free-flow/ By Keith Schneider | Circle of Blue
Published on 21 July 2017
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with respect to this cooperation was signed by Lao Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sommad Pholsena and his counterpart from the Kingdom of Thailand General Surasak Karnjanarat in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday. Under the agreement, during 2017-2021 the two countries would work together in areas such as pollution control, environmental promotion initiatives, water resources management, capacity building on…
Published on 13 July 2017
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors in Washington approved financing support of 30 million U.S. dollars for the Laos Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Project and 25 million U.S. dollars of additional funding for the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management (MIWRM) Project. The DRM Project will benefit communities across Laos through measures, such as more reliable early warning information and improved disaster recovery…
Published on 7 July 2017
Through the DRM Project, communities across Lao PDR will benefit from more reliable early warning information, and from improved disaster recovery financing mechanisms. The water management project will benefit the general population through better water monitoring by establishing a national water quality laboratory and assessing water availability under different climate conditions. “We welcome World Bank support to improve disaster resilience and to better manage our…
Published on 29 June 2017
Cardinal Ling's local Church is an apostolic vicariate in Laos, a communist country of southeast Asia where Catholics make up only about one percent of the population. He is the first cardinal to hail from the nation. The newly-minted cardinal’s resume includes a number of issues of keen interest for Francis, including evangelization, pastoral aid for the faithful where the Church is persecuted, a use…
Published on 2 June 2017
A damning review of plans for the controversial Pak Beng hydropower dam on the Mekong River in Laos was released this week by US-based advocacy group International Rivers, adding weight to calls for the project to be halted until new impact assessment studies are completed. The report follows recent criticisms of the dam by a coalition of NGOs in the region, and from experts and…
Published on 1 June 2017
The program has three priorities: reducing risks to prudent economic management; integrating principles of ‘green growth’, environmental protection, and resilience into development planning; and promoting sector-specific transformative initiatives, such as for managing water resources, forest use, and pollution. To address risks to the economy, the operation will aim to strengthen fiscal sustainability and financial sector stability. Some of the program’s goals include establishing a system…
Published on 24 May 2017
There was no assessment about the relations between Pak Beng and the other 10 dams in the mainstream in Laos and other dams in China. There was no assessment about the impact between climate change and cross-border issues.Regarding the assessments on the possible impact on the environment in seven related fields (hydrography; silt - sediment; water quality - aquatic ecology; fisheries; socio-economic development; water transportation…
Published on 1 March 2017
Three provinces, five districts and over 30,000 households are learning new practices to reduce the gender gap and increase resilience to climate change. By mainstreaming important issues, such as gender equality, the project seeks to build a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient world, and is making progress by taking a holistic approach to development. UNDP is supporting efforts to “contribute to the eradication of poverty…
Published on 7 February 2017
Highlights The Kioutaloun community, along with three other villages, received US$50,000 in 2011 from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP. The initiative has benefited more than 2,000 people. As well as working directly with communities, UNDP is also supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in a four-year programme to improve the resilience of the agriculture sector to climate change…
Published on 7 February 2017
“I received three bags of 100 frogs each from the project and have been trained in how to raise and cultivate them”, says Kongsy, emptying his bag, as his frogs clumsily splash in and out of the water to leash out their sticky tongues on the objects of their desire. “The project” is the recently closed Improving the Resilience of the Agricultural Sector to Climate…
Published on 9 January 2017
The approved Lao PDR Road Sector II Project is part of the country’s national program to build climate resilient infrastructure nationwide through a stronger institutional framework for road maintenance. This project will help strengthen the government’s capacities for sector financing, planning, integration of climate change adaptation into road sector strategies, business processes, standard designs for climate resilient road asset management, governance and accountability, monitoring and…
Published on 11 October 2016
Recently, great advances have been made in the global dialogue on climate change. China and the United States formally ratified the Paris Climate Agreement at the G20 Summit in China last month. By signing the Paris Agreement, countries commit themselves to contribute to climate action and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Laos signed the agreement on April 22, 2016, Earth Day, at the United Nations Headquarters…
Published on 3 July 2015
Representatives from Asia-Pacific and Europe attended a five-day capacity development training on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment via the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) due to conclude Friday. He called on both public and private sector to address the challenges presented in both global and local sense by fully integrating the emerging realities brought by climate change into policy and implementation in an integrated fashion…
Published on 5 May 2015
The workshop was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The workshop comprised three components, consistent with Laos' priorities on climate change adaptation, such as the National Adaptation Programme of Action (2009) and the National Early Warning Strategy (2011) among others. One of the project's components aims at rehabilitating agro-meteorological facilities, such as weather stations in the major agricultural…
Published on 15 October 2014
Speaking at the conference on Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower project held in Can Tho City on September 25, Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert, said when a certain project is suspected to cause harms to humans or the environment, the investor has to prove the contrary. “In this case, Laos has to prove Don Sahong hydropower dam will not impact humans and the environment in…
Published on 19 September 2014
At a conference discussing the development of hydroelectric dam Donsahong, set to be built on the mainstream Mekong River in Laos, held in Can Tho City last week, a farmer named Nguyen Van Hiep in Dong Thap Province cited emerging upheavals. He said that before hydroelectric plants were built on the river, farmers in the delta could deal with annual flooding in an easy way…
Published on 23 June 2014
"This project seeks to enhance the disaster risk management capacity of Lao PDR by strengthening the legal framework for hydro-meteorological services, enhancing post-disaster recovery planning, and providing technical assistance to strengthen Lao PDR's fiscal resilience to natural hazards," the World Bank said in a statement. Project execution is coordinated by Laos PDR's Ministry of Planning and Investment, in coordination with the Ministry of Finance, and…
Published on 2 April 2014
The discussion was held under the cooperation framework on National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) and Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), an agreement which the Lao and Japanese reached last year, aiming to build the another cooperation project alongside the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). “We are about to build the facilities for sharing experience between the businesses from Laos and Japan, aiming to build more joint cooperation…