Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Amended Law on Forestry was approved by National Assembly (NA)

The newly draft Amended Law on Forestry was approved by National Assembly (NA) during the 7th Ordinary Session last week (on 14 June 2019).During the session, the NA members raised questions and comments about this newly draft amended Law on Forestry, especially about the Forest Use rights, ...

Bounsong InsideLaos

Lao govt outlines forestry protection moves to lawmakers

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Preserving forests and promoting tree planting across the country are the main aims for amendment of the forestry law, a senior government official has said. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Lien Thikeo presented a draft amended forestry law for debate at ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Laos closes wood processing plants to comply with PM’s Order

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – More than 500 wood processing plants and family-based furniture workshops have been shut since the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 was issued in 2016.Of the total 1,595 wood processing plants and furniture workshops functioning in Laos in 2016, only 1,086 plants ...

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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

White charcoal makers plant more trees in Laos to boost exports

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The White Charcoal Producers for Export Group (WPEG) is working with the government and local communities on a project to plant Cratexylum formosum (mai tiew) saplings in some of the country’s least developed regions in the hope it will help boost trade and ...

Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

Biodiversity project supports Lao National Arbour Day

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Biodiversity Conservation Corridors (BCC) project has provided 10,000 seedlings to help the government fulfil its ambition to extend the number of green spaces in Vientiane this year.Some of the seedlings were planted in the Botanical Garden ...

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Arbour Day bolsters Lao government’s reforestation drive

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Party and state leaders and members of the public planted thousands of saplings on National Arbour Day on Saturday, giving a huge boost to the government’s effort to increase forest cover to 70 per cent by 2020.Vice President Phankham Viphavanh, other ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

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

Vientiane Capital to plant trees on 300 hectares this year

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Vientiane is making a strong contribution to the country’s efforts to restore forest cover to 70 percent of the total land area by the end of next year, a forestry official has said.Director of Vientiane’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Sayla ...

Somxay Sengdara

Champassak preparing to go green on Arbor Day in Laos

CHAMPASSAK, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) – To rehabilitate the environment and increase forest cover to 70 percent of land by 2020, Champassak provincial authorities are planning to grow trees on 950 hectares this year.Deputy Director of the province’s Agriculture and Forestry Department, Mr Kanha Keobualapha, said ...

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