Forests and forestry

Forest cover

Cassava Boom Leading to Deforestation, Air Pollution in Laos

The demand for cassava has seen it become the most profitable agricultural product in Laos, as demonstrated by the country’s February trade figures: cassava was the leading export item, with figures totaling USD 85 million. Laos exports most of its cassava to Thailand and Vietnam, where ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

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

Lao NA queries govt plan to return forest cover to 70%

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The National Assembly has queried the government’s plan to return the country’s forest cover to 70 per cent by 2020 after observing a huge loss of forested areas over past decades.Large trees have been felled and protected areas intruded upon and ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Laos' 2020 target of 70 percent forest cover unlikely to be met: Report

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Forest cover is expected to increase to 68 percent of the country’s land area by 2020, slightly below the target of 70 percent, the latest report on the matter suggests.A 2015 survey revealed that forest cover stood at 58 percent. With an ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Govt, JICA recommit to restoring Lao forest cover

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will continue supporting the Lao government in expanding the goal of restoring national forest cover to 70 per cent by 2020 through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Support Project.JICA in cooperation with ...

News Desk

Research centre in Laos growing 100,000 saplings for reforestation

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Forest Research Centre under the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) will produce 100,000 saplings this year as part of government efforts to restore forest cover to 70 per cent of the country by 2020.Director of the facility, Mr ...

Ounkham Pimmata

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