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Xayaboury to Halt Banana Plantations mid This Year

The northern province of Xayaboury has decided that as of mid-this year, no more Chinese investments in banana plantations will be allowed. Currently, there are over 520 ha of banana plantations in the province.

Chinese banana plantation investments are suspected as the cause of several problems including the over-use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides which have failed to comply with required standards, thus affecting local communities and the environment.

Research team proposes better banana plantation management

Vientiane Times, April 4, 2016.

An agricultural research team has called for the government to formulate and enforce policies and measures to manage banana plantation investments in Laos after they were shown to have negative impacts on society and the environment. The team from the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the National University of Laos recently conducted a study on banana plantations, supported by various international organisations. Its recommendations include the formulation of appropriate market policies in order to avoid the risks of failing prices and policy implementation for the proper enforcement of environmental laws.

Bokeo Governor imposes ban on expansion of banana farms

By Phetsamone

(KPL) The Governor of Bokeo Province Khamphanh Pheuyavong has imposed a ban on the further expansion of banana plantations invested in by foreign investors in the province. The area of banana plantation investments by foreign companies currently stands at over 10,000 ha.  “Impacts on the environment and nearby communities partly results from the fact that relevant government authorities failed to carry out proper management and monitoring of the issue. As a result, chemical fertilizers and harmful herbicides and pesticides have been used by foreign investors,” said Governor Khamphanh Pheuyavong.

ຝຶກອົບຮົມການວາງແຜນທີ່ເອົາໃຈໃສ່ບົດບາດຍິງ-ຊາຍ ໃນການຄຸ້ມຄອງຊັບພະຍາກອນປ່າໄມ້ ທີ່ ແຂວງເຊກອງ

ສະມາຄົມເຄືອຄ່າຍ ເພື່ອການພັດທະນາສັງຄົມ ໂດຍໄດ້ຮັບການສະໜັບສະໜູນຈາກອົງການແຄຣນາໆ ຊາດປະຈຳ ສປປ ລາວ ຈັດຊຸດຝຶກອົບຮົມກ່ຽວກັບການວາງແຜນທີ່ເອົາໃຈໃສ່ບົດບາດຍິງ-ຊາຍ ໃນການຄຸ້ມຄອງ ຊັບພະຍາກອນປ່າໄມ້ ໃນລະຫວ່າງວັນທີ 23-25/03/2016 ທີ່ ພະແນກກະສິກໍາ ແລະ ປ່າໄມ້ ແຂວງເຊກອງ, ພາຍໃຕ້ການເປັນປະທານ ແລະ ກ່າວເປີດພິທີຂອງ ທ່ານ ເສີມສີ ສຸລິຕະ ຮອງຫົວໜ້າພະແນກກະສິກຳ ແລະ ປ່າໄມ້, ຜູ້ຊີ້ນຳວຽກງານເພື່ອຄວາມກ້າວໜ້າຂອງແມ່ຍິງ, ວຽກແມ່ ແລະ ເດັກ ພະແນກກະສິກຳ ແລະ ປ່າໄມ້ ແຂວງເຊກອງ. ມີຕາງໜ້າຈາກພາກສ່ວນກ່ຽວຂ້ອງຂອງແຂວງເປົ້າໝາຍ (ແຂວງຄຳມ່ວນ ແລະ ແຂວງເຊກອງ) ໄດ້ແກ່: ພະແນກກະສິກຳ ແລະ ປ່າໄມ້ ແຂວງ ຄຳມ່ວນ, ຫ້ອງການກະສິກຳ ແລະ ປ່າໄມ້ເມືອງ ມະຫາໄຊ, ພະແນກຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດ ແລະ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມ ແຂວງຄຳມ່ວນ, ຫ້ອງການຊັບພະຍາກອນທໍາມະຊາດ ແລະ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມເມືອງມະຫາໄຊ, ສະຫະພັນແມ່ຍິງແຂວງຄຳມ່ວນ, ສະຫະພັນແມ່ຍິງເມືອງມະຫາໄຊ, ພະແນກ ກະສິກຳ ແລະ ປ່າໄມ້ແຂວງເຊກອງ, ຫ້ອງການກະສິກຳ ແລະ ປ່າໄມ້ເມືອງກະລຶມ, ພະແນກຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະ ຊາດ ແລະ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມແຂວງເຊກອງ, ຫ້ອງການຊັບພະຍາກອນ ທຳມະຊາດ ແລະ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມເມືອງກະລຶມ, ສະຫະພັນແມ່ຍິງແຂວງເຊກອງ, ສະຫະພັນແມ່ຍິງເມືອງກະລຶມ, ສະມາຄົມເຄືອຂ່າຍ ເພື່ອການພັດທະນາສັງຄົມ, ສະມາຄົມຊຸມຊົນສີຂຽວ, ອົງການບ້ານຈຸດສຸມສາກົນ, ກຸ່ມແລກປ່ຽນຂໍ້ມູນເລື່ອງທີ່ດິນ (LIWG) ແລະ ອົງການແຄຣນາໆຊາດປະຈຳແຂວງເຊກອງ ເຂົ້າຮ່ວມ ທັງໝົດ 21 ຄົນ, ຍິງ 13 ຄົນ, ຊາຍ 8 ຄົນ.

Northern provinces hit by extreme cold snap

Vientiane Times, January 26, 2016.

Govt steps up protection of conservation forest

Vientiane Times, 22nd May 2015

Development projects carried out in conservation forest areas in which the forest area has been converted or changed to another use must compensate for the forest loss, a new decree states. The government recently issued the Decree on Conservation Forest that identifies principles, measures and regulations on the establishment, allocation, management, protection, development and use of conservation forests.

Govt seeks funding to accelerate reforestation

Vientiane Times, 28 May 2015

The government is planning to source funding of 4 billion kip a year in the hope of achieving its reforestation goal of 16.6 million hectares by 2020. The money will be used to carry out surveys and allocate forest land, promote tree planting by the public, and encourage people to participate in reforestation and forest fire prevention, Deputy Director General of the Department of Forestry, Mr Boualy Phameuang, told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Govt plans more tree

Vientiane Times, 21st May 2015

Laos will have more new tree planting this year, well in excess of the target set in the government’s plan. The government had planned to encourage people around the country, including government offices and business operators, to plant 30,000 hectares of new trees but the Department of Forestry Deputy Director General, Mr Boualy Phameuang, said he was confident that this figure would be surpassed as society generally has become more aware of the need for greater forest cover.

Students debate forest conservation

Vientiane Times, April 2, 2015

Students of the National University of Laos’ Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLP) took part in a workshop and debate on forest conservation and livelihood development yesterday. The event was organised by the FLP Debate Group and supported by the Committee for Cooperation with Laos (CCL), CARE, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Land Issues Working Group (LIWG), and the European Union (EU).

Borikhamxay limits cassava land to preserve forest areas

Vientiane Times, February 14, 2015

The extent of Cassava plantations in Borikhamxay province has shrunk after the provincial authorities stepped in to prevent expansion. The total area in the province devoted to growing cassava during the 2013/14 season of 13,770 hectares has dropped to about 10,860 hectares in 2014/15 according to the provincial agriculture section. Farmers cut back on the amount of cassava planted as the quality of the soil in some areas went down, section head Mr Keosa Saengvong told Vientiane Times this week. Most of the farmers are not familiar with the techniques required to raise the quality of the soil. Many hectares of forest had been taken over by local farmers for growing cassava, he said.

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