Following the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, on 29 March the Government of Lao PDR formally announced nation-wide lockdown. Despite the still limited number of COVID-19 cases, the outbreak in the region has impacted trade, construction and tourism and has therefore a significant effect on the economy.
It was a lesson nine-year-old Kik would not yet have received at her primary school, in the little town of Yord Ngeum. The town lies in the province of Xieng Khouang, which carries the distinction of being the most heavily bombed place on earth.
ອົງການສະຫະປະຊາຊາດເພື່ອການພັດທະນາ (UNDP) ກໍາລັງຊອກຫາ ແລະ ຕ້ອງການສະໜັບສະໜູນ ແນວຄິດທຸລະກິດ ຫຼື ແນວຄິດພັດທະນາແກ້ໄຂບັນຫາ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມ ທີ່ໂດດເດັ່ນ ແລະ ສ້າງສັນ ທີ່ຈະຊ່ວຍໃນການປ່ຽນແປງການຈັດການຄຸ້ມຄອງ ແລະ ການນໍາສິ່ງເສດເຫຼືອ/ຂີ້ເຫຍື້ອ ກັບມາໃຊ້ຄືນໃໝ່ຢູ່ຕົວເມືອງ ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ ແລະ ນະຄອນຫຼວງພະບາງ.
Earlier this year, the Government of Lao PDR has elevated the provincial protection status of the "Ong-Mang Sanctuary" into an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Category 4 protected area and announced the establishment of the "National Eld's Deer Sanctuary" with support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP on July 13th 2020.
This blog post is the first part of a two-blog series that shares the Lao PDR Accelerator Lab journey in applying Collective Intelligence to help Sikhottabong district understand its problem on open burning.
Sayfon Sayalard, 27, said he was originally a vegetable farmer who also foraged for wild mushrooms, found in the sanctuary. In recent years, due to changes in weather and the lack of rain, there hadn’t been much to harvest, especially this year.

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