Dipterocarps are a tree species prevalent in South East Asia, valuable for their resin and timber. However, these dry dipterocarp forests, and the species within them, are under pressure, as large areas have been converted into farmland to plant cash crops, and due to activities such as logging, hunting and harvesting of non-timber forest products, all of which is contributing to the degradation of this environment.
The project will implement measures that help mitigate Lao’s contribution to climate change, translate challenges into adaptation initiatives to the new environment and both, in an ambitious but fair manner.
Since 2001, the Government of Lao PDR has relied heavily on natural resources to boost investment and economic growth in Lao PDR. Building on the design and success of the project’s first phase, 'PEI Phase II' aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Lao PDR to manage investment more systematically and increase the number of quality investments across the country.
Lao PDR is prone to a number of hazards such as floods, flash floods, droughts, storms, rodent infestations, earthquakes, epidemics and UXO (National Risk Profile, NDMC/UNDP). These recurrent natural hazards often result in human and economic losses, mainly affecting poor rural communities whose livelihoods depend heavily on agricultural subsistence activities.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) delivers environmental benefts at the community level in the GEF focal areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation, and elimination of persistent organic pollutants.