Environment and natural resources

Lao Officials Promote Environmental Protection at Mining Projects

During a recent cabinet meeting, the government said it encouraged mining exploration by licensed mining companies to promote excavation and revenue derived from mineral exports. From 2021 to 2025, Laos is expected to produce mineral products valued at USD 7.832 billion, increasing by four percent from ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Cassava Farmers Encroach Upon Dong Hua Sao National Park

According to images released on social media by a local resident, hundreds of trees in the Dong Hua Sao National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area have been cut down in preparation for cassava plantations. The Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area is located about 30 kilometers east of Pakse ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge over 30 percent complete

Construction of the fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge linking Borikhamxay province to Bueng Kan province in Thailand across the Mekong River is now 32 percent complete. The project consists of two components: the first concerns the construction of the bridge across the Mekong River and the ...

Times Reporters

Irrigation scheme begins providing water to improve crop yields in Phongsaly

An irrigation scheme funded by Phase 2 of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Project has begun supplying water to boost crop yields for farming communities in Phongsaly province. The ceremony, which took place at the reservoir of the Level 6 Hydropower Station on the Ou River, marked ...

Advertorial Desk

MRC Mekong Monitoring Stations Will Better Protect Downriver Denizens

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Friday unveiled the first water-level monitoring station to be positioned atop the Lower Mekong River Basin. The station is part of a broader MRC plan to reduce vulnerability for millions of Southeast Asians whose lives and livelihoods downstream are ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Plastic Waste Causing Serious Environmental, Health and Economic Impacts in Laos

Almost a quarter of the waste found in Lao cities is plastic. Plastic waste is now found everywhere in the Lao environment, affecting fish catches, blocking drains, causing air pollution, and harming tourism destinations. The plan considers a “circular economy” approach to help achieve the ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Landfill Fire Covers Laos Capital in Toxic Smoke

Smoke covered the skies in and around Xaythany District over the weekend, with residents complaining of the stench. Authorities have yet to make a statement regarding the fire, which is believed to have begun Saturday morning. The landfill site at KM 32 in Xaythany District, ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Worries in Laos and Thailand as upstream dams drain Mekong River

Low water levels and a lack of sediment have affected the ecosystem and people’s livelihoods. Experts say the dams make the impact of periodic droughts in the Mekong basin worse and rob the river of the “pulse effect” that spreads water and nutrients that support ...

RFA

Luxembourg’s aid to support MRC’s new strategic directions

Luxembourg has provided EUR1 million (approx. USD1.13 million) in funding to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to assist Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam to maintain the ecological functions of the Mekong River and strengthen resilience against climate risks, floods and droughts.The grant ...

KPL

Mekong Countries Urged to Take Action as River Experiences Three Years of Low Flows

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat has renewed its call for the six Mekong countries to urgently address regional low flows, water fluctuations and drought as the Lower Mekong River experiences record low flows for the third consecutive year. Keep reading  ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Contact us

Contact us

Do you have questions on the content published by Open Development Laos? We will gladly help you.

Have you found a technical problem or issue on the Open Development Laos website?

Tell us how we're doing.

Do you have resources that could help expand the Open Development Laos website? We will review any map data, laws, articles, and documents that we do not yet have and see if we can implement them into our site. Please make sure the resources are in the public domain or fall under a Creative Commons license.

File was deleted
ERROR!

Disclaimer: Open Development Laos will thoroughly review all submitted resources for integrity and relevancy before the resources are hosted. All hosted resources will be in the public domain, or licensed under Creative Commons. We thank you for your support.

jDva8
* The idea box couldn't be blank! Something's gone wrong, Please Resubmit the form! Please add the code correctly​ first.

Thank you for taking the time to get in contact!