“As you know, this escalation of violence coincides with a push towards the development of Phou Bia Mountain as both a tourist site and an area of interest to foreign investment,”
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Will suspend certifying the use of land in forest areas for conservation, protection and production.
Only issuing certification for locals who are living and producing nearby the forests, before the designation is to continue in some of the agreed areas.
The projects aim to improve and promote environmental protection by providing relevant data and information, raising public awareness, and providing education to citizens so that they recognise the importance of the environment in their daily lives.
hough Laos may not respect UNESCO’s wishes, the argument that the dam goes against the government’s own promises regarding the country’s national identity is compelling. Though Laos may not see the enormous risks involved in the Luang Prabang dam, it may be able to recognize its own commitments.
Laos’ economic options, however, remain limited. Land-locked and with few trading links other than to China, Thailand and Vietnam, its economic future is restricted to debt-accruing infrastructure development and hydropower production, the key sources of its economic growth.
The Lao PDR highly values the achievements made under the MLC framework on the basis of cooperation for peace, stability, solidarity and mutual benefit in order to deepen and widen cooperation in an efficient manner.
Asian Arks and Rainforest Trust have developed an innovative and sustainable model for conservation that supports long-term protection, working with the local communities of approximately 2,659 people in enlisting their support.
Chinese companies are seeking to lease 3,200–4,800 hectares of land around Vientiane, the country’s capital, to establish durian plantations, with the ultimate goal of exporting the fruit back to China
“The scale of the construction is intensifying, and it goes on all day and all night. The workers are clearing, digging, and blasting rock and land. We can’t sleep and we have nowhere to complain,”