Land transfers and public land leases

Land transfer is when land title or ownership to land rights changes from one person to another. In Laos, foreigners may not own land, but the 2019 amendments to the 2013 Land Law now permits short term transfers of land use rights to foreign owners ...


Introduction Land use in Laos has recently undergone significant change. While most members of the 50 recognized ethnic groups in Laos making up the Laos population have traditionally had a subsistence lifestyle, collected forest products, and cared for land through shifting (swidden) agriculture, government policies have ...

SDG 18 Lives Safe from UXO

Sustainable Development Goal 18 (SDG 18) – ‘Lives safe from Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)’ aims to remove the UXO obstacle to human development in Lao PDR (Laos).1 SDG 18 was uniquely developed by Laos to address the more than 80 million cluster submunitions that remain unexploded ...

State land leases and concessions

State land leases and concessions in Laos are an economic arrangement in which the Lao Government rents state land at a yearly fee to both domestic and foreign investors for a wide range of economic activities including, but not limited to, agricultural and tree plantations, ...


A landlocked country of 7 million between the Mekong River and Annamite Cordillera, Laos has the lowest population density in Southeast Asia.1 Forest cover is estimated by the government at 40 percent, which the government aims  to increase to 70 percent by 2020.2 3 Some ...

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