Poverty Environment Initiative: Phase II

What is the project about?

Farmers are working on the rice field. Photo: PEI Lao PDR/Silvia Jundt

The Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) is a joint UNDP and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) global programme that, in Lao PDR, is being implemented by UNDP Lao PDR's Environment Programme together with the Lao Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).  Building on the design and success of Phase 1, the second phase aims to strengthen the capacity of  the Government to manage investment more systematically and increase the number of quality investments across the country. This begins with support to the selection of appropriate investors and consideration of poverty-environment linkages in formulating economic and development policies and planning. This effort is supplemented with the development of national capacities to negotiate deals to ensure compliance with environmental frameworks, as well as practical management tools and systems for enforcement.

PEI Lao PDR approaches policy change at the national level to improve the integration of poverty-environment issues into the development planning process.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Successful development of necessary materials and tools to improve the capacity of Investment Promotion Department staff in managing investment including investment promotion brochure, video, One-Stop-Service (OSS) tracking system, OSS guidebook, standard model contract for agriculture and tourism concessions, and Financing Model for screening mining investment proposal.
  • More than 170 environment authorities at Department of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (DESIA) and other line agencies in the capital and provinces, mass organizations and NGOs increase their knowledge and understanding of Public Involvement in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process through capacity building activities of the PEI Programme.
  • Successfully supported DESIA to revise EIA Decree (122/PM) and transformed the Decree to IEE and ESIA Ministerial Structures that provides more clear guidance on the implementation of IEE and ESIA in the investment approval process.
  • Better availability of baseline data of investment quality in the agriculture sector (rubber concessions).

Who finances it?

Donors Amount
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Poverty Environment Facility US$749,193  
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Total US$4,131,753

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2013: US$ 1,318,680.6
Project Start Date
October 2012
Project End Date
December 2015
Geographic Coverage
Vientiane Capital, Oudomxay, Phongsaly, Huaphan, Saravan, Savannakhet and Vientiane provinces
Focus Area
Environment and Energy
Project Officer
Ms. Chitlatda Keomuongchanh and Mr. Nathan Leibel
Investment Promotion Department of Ministry of Planning and Investment; National Research Institute of Ministry of Planning and Investment; Department of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment.
Organic production as quality investment

Organic Production

Promoting quality investment in non-natural resource sectors

Non-natural resource sectors