Environment and natural resources

Germany continues support for Lao biodiversity protection

The government of Germany has agreed to continue financial support of EUR 6.2 million to implement the second phase of the Protection and Sustainable Use of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity (ProFEB) project in Laos.Representatives of the Lao and German governments yesterday signed the technical implementation ...

Times Reporters

Vientiane, Pakxe set in motion wastewater, solids treatment project

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Vientiane and Pakxe are set to improve waste management and treatment services, including collection, waste-to-resource opportunities, and wastewater treatment.Authorities officially launched the ‘Wastewater and Solid Waste Treatment Capacity Building Project for City Environment Improvement in Laos’ project in Vientiane on Monday.The project ...

Keoviengkhone Bounviseth

The Mekong River Dying a Slow But Most Certain Death

A confluence of drought and dams along the Mekong River has renewed concerns about the future of the 4,700-kilometer waterway. Upon which tens of millions of people depend for their livelihoods in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.The number of dams impeding the Mekong’s flow ...

SIMON ROUGHNEEN

Chinese-Owned Factory in Laos Causes Health Scare, Foul Smells in Nearby Villages

A Chinese-owned factory in Laos that recently started operations is causing noise and air pollution that affect the health of nearby residents in the country’s Bolikhamxay province.The factory, which produces packing foam for use in transporting bananas, is made up of one building situated on ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Mekong River Turns Blue in Thakhek

The mighty Mekong River, normally a vast expanse of brown, has taken on a bluish hue, making it appear like seawater in some areas.Residents of both Thakhek in Laos, and Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, have noted the blue color of the Mekong River in recent ...

Jasmina Yap

Agro-biodiversity initiative helps northern fish conservation

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative (TABI) is continuing to encourage rural people in three northern provinces to expand their fish preservation efforts at designated conservation reservoirs.The project, which was launched in 2009, has increased the number of conservation areas to 262. Fishing is ...

News Desk

Air pollution from cooking fires, tobacco a serious health hazard

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Household air pollution from both cooking fires and tobacco is highly prevalent; nearly three-quarters of all households surveyed reported exposure to smoking in the home and exposure to indoor cooking fire smoke.When multiple sources of exposure are evaluated together, a third ...

Xayxana Leukai

Laos intensifying efforts in agriculture climate change response

The government is accelerating efforts to boost farmers’ yields to meet national food security strategy and production targets by 2020 in response to global climate change.Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo made the statement during a recent address to mark World Food Day.He ...

Ounkham Pimmata

Ministry, WWF-Laos kick off forest conservation project

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Department of Forestry and WWF-Laos have begun the Lao side of an ambitious project to protect the forests and wildlife of southern Laos and central Vietnam.The project will run for six years and cost EUR 3.3 million (over 32 billion kip) ...

Phomphong Laoin

Mekong Countries Need To Take More Proactive Approach To Basin Planning

(KPL) Mekong River Commission has urged lower Mekong countries to put in place a more proactive regional approach to basin planning and management, with an enhanced and systematic information sharing mechanism and robust monitoring of river flow.MRC said in its annual report “the State of ...

KPL News Desk

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