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Natural resources

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climate change

Balancing growth and environment

Rapid economic growth, primarily driven by natural resource extraction, is putting new pressures on the environmental assets on which rural communities traditionally depend. Strengthening human and financial capacities to manage natural resources at the community level and enforcing relevant laws is critical to ensure sustainable development

Supporting communities, improving governance

We support growth that does not harm the environment. Our work focuses on three priority areas: encouraging all national development planning to recognize links between environmental harm and poverty; strengthening the response to climate change; and improving environmental governance and promoting community-based natural resource management.

10% of GDP

value of Non-timber forest products in lao pdr

Many people in Lao PDR depend on forest products for their life, such as mushrooms, frogs, insects, vegetables, roots. Degrading forest areas, however, are endangering this way of life. 

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Lao PDR is rich in fauna and flora and has outstanding biodiversity. There are an estimated 8-11,000…

In order to further ensure conservation of this valuable habitat, the Ministry of Agriculture and…

The Government, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a…

“Today I will plant my first tree.” It’s early morning, but Boui is already excited, fidgeting in…

Young actors, dancers and volunteers from around the world gathered on the Mekong river-bank with an…

The Department of Forest Resources Management in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has…

Jonas is telling you about his passion for nature conservation and development. How it led to his…

“Hey, man! Get down here with the key, we want to show our guests how the pump works”, Bounyong…

First come the rains. They make lakes and rivers rise, flooding villages and fields. “In my 20 years…

This story starts in 2008. On a misty morning, Phasi, a local farmer of Ngodphae Village, in the…

UNDP's Anders Poulsen and Jonas Aechtner write about the value of nature-based solutions in Lao PDR.

Climate Change Technical Advisor Alexandra Soezer writes about looking beyond the current model of…

This article looks back on the 40 years of UNDP in Laos, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of…

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