Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources

Corruption causing major loss to the nation

Vientiane Times: December 18, 2017

Land management deficiencies addressed as ministry meets

Vientiane Times: December 21, 2017

Factors including a national master plan on land allocation that has not yet been officially approved and the general lack of regulations have caused complications in land management and losses to state revenue.
The second nationwide meeting on land identified these factors as mitigating issues in land management over the past decade.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Sommad Pholsena presided over the meeting which opened yesterday and continues until Friday.

Land management

Police officer implicated in seizure of illegally felled timber

Vientiane Times: December 20, 2017

Eleven lengths of rosewood timber were found loaded on a Toyota Fortuner driven by a police officer in Attapeu province, a provincial source has said.
The wood, which was initially estimated to be worth more than 166 million kip (US$20,000), was found last week when forest inspection officials were making vehicle checks in the province’s Saysettha district.
The private number plate on the SUV was issued in Vientiane, but the driver was a police officer at the Attapeu Police Headquarters, according to the source.
An investigation is now ongoing. Forest inspection officials have compiled a report and submitted it to the Attapeu Police Headquarters.

Laos fosters cooperation with China, Mekong countries

Vientiane Times: December 19, 2017 

Yunnan province, China: — Laos is strengthening cooperation with China and the Mekong countries by supporting the five-year strategic plan from 2018-2023 which was approved at last week’s 3rd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers’ meeting.
A Lao delegation attended the meeting held in Dali, southwest China’s Yunnan province, from December 14-16, led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith.

For lao foster

Xedon river flood prevention studied with Chinese company

Vientiane Times, December 14, 2017

“The methodologies they used encouraged me to be more active in the training”

By LIWG Secretariat

November 29,2017

The Land learning Initiative for Food security Enhancement (LIFE) under the Land Information Working Group (LIWG) organized the community of Practice Workshop on November 28, 2017 at Learning House, Vientiane.

The Workshop participated by its partners  to share experiences, lessons learnt and results; to identify capacity-building gaps and needs; and to determine priorities for LIFE and partners going forward.

During the workshop, the team from LIFE project also shared their materials that have been used for organizing the coaching for their partners such as poster, videos and using game to connect with workshop related to land issue and contract farming.

Regional countries seek new approaches to agricultural investment

Source: Vientiane Times, November 16, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Business/Business_Regional.html

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