National Biodiversity Strategy to 2020
The Government of Lao PDR acceded to the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1996 and committed itself, as part of its obligations as party signatory, to developing a national biodiversity strategy. The Lao PDR’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) aims to protect biodiversity resources and to ensure their sustainable use.
Lao PDR is rich in biodiversity. There are an estimated 8 – 11,000 species of flowering plants. There are a reported 166 species of reptiles and amphibians, 700 species of birds (another 100 are likely to be present), 90 known species of bats and over 100 species of large mammals.