Environment and natural resources

Pollution and waste

Fishermen call for river pollution to be addressed

Members of a large fishing community in Naxab village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane, are appealing to authorities to address the problem of farms dumping animal waste in the Khon River, which they say is creating a threat to fishing.The polluted river affects some 1,648 people who ...

Times Reporters

Garbage Burning Remains a Hot Issue for Vientiane Capital

Residents in Vientiane Capital have complained that garbage burning remains a problem, despite hopes a hotline for complaints would put a stop to the issue.The Vientiane Capital Department of Natural Resource and Environment established a hotline, 1523, in September last year, allowing residents to report the illegal ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Vientiane, Pakxe set in motion wastewater, solids treatment project

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Vientiane and Pakxe are set to improve waste management and treatment services, including collection, waste-to-resource opportunities, and wastewater treatment.Authorities officially launched the ‘Wastewater and Solid Waste Treatment Capacity Building Project for City Environment Improvement in Laos’ project in Vientiane on Monday.The project ...

Keoviengkhone Bounviseth

Chinese-Owned Factory in Laos Causes Health Scare, Foul Smells in Nearby Villages

A Chinese-owned factory in Laos that recently started operations is causing noise and air pollution that affect the health of nearby residents in the country’s Bolikhamxay province.The factory, which produces packing foam for use in transporting bananas, is made up of one building situated on ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Air pollution from cooking fires, tobacco a serious health hazard

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Household air pollution from both cooking fires and tobacco is highly prevalent; nearly three-quarters of all households surveyed reported exposure to smoking in the home and exposure to indoor cooking fire smoke.When multiple sources of exposure are evaluated together, a third ...

Xayxana Leukai

NUOL, Hanoi university making progress in reducing plastic use

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the National University of Laos (NUOL), Hanoi University of Sciences and other organisations are reporting progress in efforts to reduce plastics use under the “SEA Plastic Edu Erasmus+ Project”.The European Union is supporting the project ...

Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

Capital marks World Cleanup Day, Green Vientiane campaign

Students joined officials from schools, university and various organisations on Saturday morning to clean along the capital’s main roads marking the 11th anniversary of World Cleanup Day and the Green Vientiane project.More than 3,000 people took part in the cleaning which concentrated on roads in ...

Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

Lao Industry ministry orders suspension of plastic waste recycling plants

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Ministry of Industry and Commerce will no longer issue operating licences to manufacturing plants that use plastic waste as a raw material, as part of efforts to improve standards in the processing industry.Minister of Industry and Commerce Ms Khemmani Pholsena ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy
http://annx.asianews.network/content/industry-ministry-orders-suspension-plastic-waste-recycling-plants-102439

Southern Laos to Tackle Plastic Waste with Refill Not Landfill Campaign

The Refill not Landfill campaign hopes to solve the problem of single-use plastic waste in southern Laos.It is estimated that more than 100 million disposable plastic water bottles are consumed by travelers to Laos each year. Most of them are not recycled, and in many parts of ...

The Laotian Times
https://laotiantimes.com/2019/08/01/refill-not-landfill-campaign-in-southern-laos/

S. Korea funds waste management in Vientiane, Pakxe

The Republic of Korea will provide a grant of US$6.78 million to fund a wastewater and solid waste treatment capacity-building project for improved environmental management in Vientiane and Pakxe. The Korean government will provide grant aid of US$6.5 million, while an additional US$280,000 will come from ...

Times Reporters

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