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Climate change hampering Laos' development, alleviation of poverty

Published on 3 July 2015 Lao PDR

VIENTIANE, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The effects of climate change can already be seen, getting worse and will hamper efforts to achieve development and freedom from poverty in developing countries like Laos unless it is addressed both globally and locally.

The country's Director General of the Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change Phouvong Luangxaysana told an international symposium that unexpected and extreme weather events, particularly droughts, storms and flooding, were increasing in regularity and severity.

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.

The warning comes as Laos faces the prospect of a poor wet- season rice crop affected by lower than average rainfalls across most of the country as well as the effects of last week's flash flooding in the northeastern province of Huaphan that destroyed homes, rice stores, crops and washed away two road bridges.

Natural disasters and environmental shocks are a major contributor to food insecurity and poverty among vulnerable populations in Laos, affecting maternal and child mortality, nutrition and educational participation, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).



Source: Xinhua News Agency | 01 July 2015