Natural resources sector reviews future goals

Nov 10, 2015

Lao PDR, with its national climate change strategy, is preparing for COP 21. Image: UNFCC

As another preparation event for the High Level Round Table Meeting on 27 November, the Natural Resources and Environment Sector Working Group met this week. Amongst others, they discussed the Laos PDR's strategy on climate change, the "Intended Nationally Determined Contribution" that was recently submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for COP 21, the International Climate Change Summit in Paris in December this year. 

The below article is featured courtesy of the Vientiane Times. 

 

The Natural Resources and Environment Sector Working Group convened on Tuesday for their annual meeting to summarise their work over the past year and plan for the year ahead. 

The meeting took place at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and was led by Minister Sommad Pholsena, German Ambassador to Laos Michael Grau, World Bank Country Manager to the Lao PDR Sally Burningham, and other officials. 

Participants discussed the finalisation of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020 and the contribution of the natural resources and environment sector to its outcomes. 

Addressing the meeting, Mr Sommad said: “Our meeting today will discuss these preparations and especially the desired outcome No. 3: reduced effects of natural shocks as required for Least Developed Country graduation and sustainable management of natural resources. This will be a good opportunity to review the contribution of the natural resources and environment sector to the said outcome.” 

Also on the agenda was the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution as a part of preparations for the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties. 

Prior to the meeting, the Climate Change Response Technical Forum was held on November 4. Representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, line ministries and development partners actively participated in the workshop and participants were briefed on the introduction of monitoring and evaluation regulations within the ministry, as well as preparations for the 12th High Level Round Table Meeting. 

The five year action plan for 2016-2020 sets the direction for implementing the ministry's first National Resource and Environment Strategy for 2016-2025. The strategy has the overall goal of “making the Lao PDR green, clean and beautiful, based on green economic growth, to ensure sustainable resilient development and climate change”. 

To achieve the targets set in the five year action plan, the ministry has compiled seven priority programmes in the fields of land management, forest resources and biodiversity management, geology and mineral resources management, water resources, meteorology and hydrology management, environmental protection and climate change, regional and international integration, and cooperation and institutional capacity development. 

Mr Sommad said “Fiscal year 2014-15 is the final year for the implementation of the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2011-2015 and the final year for the preparation of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2016-2020.” 

“The government has assigned all sectors and provinces to develop a long term vision, strategy and action plan. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has initiated the process to develop its long term direction in parallel with the preparation of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan.”

Contact

Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, Environment Unit Manager, Email: margaret.jones.williams@undp.org, Office: +856 21 267 710 Mobile: +856 20 5551 5876