Environment and natural resources

Forests and forestry

Plain of Jars could receive World Heritage status in July

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Good news is expected for Laos’ Plain of Jars (Thong Hai Hin) in July when Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meets to make a decision on the site’s status, a government official said last week.More ...

Keoxomphou Sakdavong

Lao Govt draws up plan to protect Bolaven Plateau

The government is creating a plan to preserve the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos as an agricultural area and a tourist destination, putting an end to companies’ hopes to set up heavy industry plants in one of the most fertile areas of Laos. The National Economic ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Laos reaffirms commitment to wildlife law enforcement

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Laos has vowed to continue cooperation with international partners in addressing challenges in wildlife law enforcement, with the country still at risk of illegal trading.More ...

News Desk

Investors to plant trees in degraded forest areas of Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Burapha Agroforestry Company, Stora Enso Company and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry have discussed the replanting of commercial trees in degraded parts of National Production Forest Areas (NPFA).Representatives from the three parties met on Monday to discuss the criteria ...

News Desk

Confiscated timber in Laos sold at auction

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Bids to purchase wood that was seized after being harvested illegally have generated more than 170.8 billion kip in revenue, the latest government report shows.Following a prime ministerial order that was issued in May 2016 banning the export of unfinished wood ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Nation doubles export of finished timber products

The export of finished wood products increased by 107 percent in 2018 after the government banned the export of unfinished timber and promoted value-adding through the production of finished goods.Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith issued Executive Order No. 15 in 2016, imposing the ban and promoting ...

Times Reporters

Illegal ivory seized in raid on Luang Prabang shop

More than 73 kilograms of ivory products were confiscated from a souvenir shop in Luang Prabang province recently and the foreign owner detained for suspected trading in elephant ivory.More ...

Siladda Souliyong

Gov’t Agencies Discuss New MIOC Decision On Timber Management

(KPL) The government agencies held a national consultation workshop to discuss the final draft of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC)’s decision on the management and monitoring of timber input in wood processing and trade sector on Jan 10.More ...

KPL editor

Vietnam, Laos step up collaboration in forestry law enforcement

Ha Tinh (VNA) – Representatives from the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and the Lao Department of Forestry Inspection (DOFI) sat down in the central province of Ha Tinh on October 30 to review their cooperation in forestry law enforcement.Vietnam and Laos share a borderline spanning ...

VNA editor

First-In-Laos Pulp Manufacturer Launches Trial Operation

(KPL) Sun Paper Holding Laos, the first pulp manufacturer in the Lao PDR, has launched three-month trial operation following ten years of conducting feasibility study, farming eucalyptus and building a pulp factory. Our company has invested 432 million US dollars in building this pulp factory ...


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