Environment and Energy
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.
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. more
Projects and Initiatives
The people of Lao PDR are particularly vulnerable to climate change because 80% of livelihoods are associated with some form of agricultural activity.more
Building on the first phase, this project is part of a global programme and represents a joint effort by UNDP and the UN Environment Programme to help the Government increase the proportion of 'quality investments', with the most benefits for Lao people and the least impact on the environment. more