“They use chemicals that eventually flow into the river. We are now too afraid to eat the fish, shrimp or crabs from the river. Most of us here don’t have jobs, so we live off the forest and the river as our only food sources.”
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is providing about EUR 20 million and the Lao government is contributing the equivalent of EUR 4 million as non-cash benefits for the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) project from 2021 to 2026.
The Xe Champhone Wetland Complex is home to an abundance of aquatic biodiversity that support the livelihoods of more than 30 communities, as well as one of the world’s last remaining populations of the critically endangered Siamese crocodile, endangered turtle species, and wetland birds.
The first Laos national rail line is to open at the end of the year with the China-Laos, Kunming-Vientiane link. This will change Laos from ‘land-locked’ to ‘land-linked’ and is hoped to spur significant foreign investment into Laos.
“The company has formulated a new plan under which it will complete 496 houses by the end of the year, 440 of which will be complete before May. About 35 percent of these 440 homes are already complete. But for the remaining 204 homes, we have to wait for the land,” an official said.
In 2020, more than 2,600 cubic metres of illegally harvested wood and over 290 tonnes of illicit timber were seized, inspection authorities reported recently.
They found that over the last century, 40 species had relocated to southern China, Laos and Myanmar — the area where genetic analysis suggests the virus known as SARS-CoV-2 first appeared.
Since 2018, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance has supported international partner agencies’ programs that promote development of Community-Based Disaster Risk Management and other community capacitybuilding projects.
Construction of two coal-fired power plants will begin at the end of this year in Xekong province in the southeast of Laos. The first power plant will be built by Phonesack Group Company Limited in Kaleum district, with installed capacity of 1,800MW.
Mare than 10,000 villagers resettled in mountaintop towns to make way for construction the China-backed Namtha 1 Dam in Luang Namtha province in northern Laos have been given houses and other facilities but now have no land to farm, leaving them unable to make a living in their new homes.