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.
This project aims to increase climate resilience for vulnerable communities in Sekong and Saravan Provinces. This area has the highest poverty rates in Lao PDR – thus, communities in these provinces are especially vulnerable to floods and drought, as well as extreme climate events such as storms and flash floods, which are occurring with increasing frequency in the region.
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.
Lao PDR has a predominantly agricultural economy with 80 per cent of people involved in some form of activity related to agriculture. However, people often face food insecurity, with over 30 per cent of the population experiencing seasonal shortfalls in rice, the staple crop. This insecurity is a significant dimension of poverty and vulnerability in Lao PDR. This project worked to address food insecurities in two natural disaster prone provinces.
SIRA project aimed to improved the overall livelihoods and food security of local communities in the two poorest districts of Bolikhamxay Province by supporting the development of irrigated agriculture and the community-based management of watershed resources such as forests and fisheries.
This project strengthens the technical and institutional capacity of Lao PDR to ensure climate change issues are highlighted in both sectoral and national development priorities, including the 7th National Socio -Economic Development Plan. The project also focuses on enabling the country to prepare and submit its second national communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and meet its Convention obligations.
This project strengthens the technical and institutional capacities of the Government of Lao PDR to ensure that climate change issues are included within local and national development priorities, including the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan, 2011 - 2015.
The overall goal of this project is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity resources in agro-ecosystems in Lao PDR. Achieving this will help to realize food security and sustainable economic development. Farmers will be provided with the necessary incentives, capabilities and supporting institutional framework to conserve agricultural biodiversity within farming systems across the country