Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

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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Vientiane City to have 1.3 million more trees

Vientiane could have more than 1.3 million new trees this year as the capital carries out a plan to establish itself as a green city by extending tree cover at numerous sites. Director of the Vientiane Agriculture and Forestry Department, Dr Lasay Nouanthasing, said last week ...

Souksamai Boulom

Attapeu announces auction of confiscated timber

ATTAPEU, Laos (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Attapeu province has announced the auction of timber seized by timber committees under the departments of Industry and Commerce.It has invited furniture associations, timber processing factories, furniture factories and timber businesses throughout the country to take part in the auction.More ...

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Laos supports Huaygnang-Dongmakkhay forest restoration

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The signing of a funding agreement took place last week in Vientiane between the Environment Protection Fund, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Forestry Department, and the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Department of Planning and Cooperation.The government has authorised about 2.4 ...

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Lao govt creates two national parks

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The government has created two national parks in northern and central Laos to protect forests, biodiversity, natural beauty and the country’s geological development.Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith signed two prime ministerial decrees last month, giving birth to the Nam Et–Phou Louey Park ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

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 ...

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Laos, Thailand promote wooden art products through craft exchanges

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Wooden sculptural items made in Laos must rely on foreign markets for greater sales, a senior official of the National Institute of Fine Arts said yesterday.Dr Maysing Chanthaboutdy was speaking at the opening ceremony of a Lao-Thai cross-cultural craft workshop held ...

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