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Deputy Prime Minister stresses natural resource development

Vientiane Times, August 9, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly urged leaders of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to focus on priorities in the development of their areas of responsibility in Laos. Regarding land management, the ministry should improve the policies on land use and land title in line with the law and increase mechanisms and measures for land management in order to reduce problems, he stressed at the meeting on Tuesday in Vientiane.

PM stresses importance of natural resource management

Vientiane Times, July 23, 2012

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to carry out its role, aimed at protecting national interests and solving citizen’s problems. Mr Thongsing addressed the issues when meeting with the ministry’s leaders and civil servants on Thursday to offer his guidance and advice.

Land issues top public concerns

Vientiane Times, July 13, 2012

Land arrangements, concessions and compensation was the top issue raised by the public on the National Assembly (NA) hotline, it was stated during the Third Ordinary Session of the NA’s 7th Legislature. NA Office Deputy Head Mr Viseth Savengseuksa relayed this to media representatives yesterday at a press conference held adjacent to the NA session. “There were more than 280 calls on the hotline from members of the public giving their opinions and concerns during the 17 days of the session. Most of the calls related to land issues,” he said. Explaining further, Mr Viseth said that people generally understand about the country’s development process, but it often affects their  livelihood as land management is not sufficiently effective and there is no other way to respond to new resettlement and land usage arrangements. “The people require the government to review compensation amounts for any new arrangements already agreed upon, taking into account all criteria,” Mr Viseth said.

Ministry steps up efforts to increase forest cover

Vientiane Times, May 28, 2012

The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry has instructed provincial officials to work with local authorities to allocate zones for tree planting in an effort to increase forest cover. Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe inked the ministerial order recently to provide a guideline for tree planting efforts. The order was issued as Laos marks National Arbor Day on June 1. Arbor Day is a yearly event in Laos, promoting tree planting in an effort to increase forest cover from an estimated 50 percent currently to 65 percent by 2015 and 70 percent by 2020. The officials were also asked to define degraded-forest zones in order to be able to protect and rehabilitate the areas to preserve the environment and water sources. The minister suggested that provincial officials appoint local committees in charge of tree planting and forest rehabilitation.

Japanese tree plantation company branches out

Vientiane Times, January 30, 2012

A Japanese investor, Oji Lao Plantation Forest Company, signed an agreement in Vientiane on Friday to expand its concession of state-owned land on which to plant industrial trees in Borikhamxay and Khammuan provinces. The agreement, signed with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, extends the land concession from 22,434 to 50,000 hectares.

Poor management a barrier to forestry targets

Vientiane Time, January 26, 2012

The forestry sector is facing difficult challenges and is unlikely to meet its targets over the next eight years without better cooperation from various ministries. Deforestation as a result of illegal logging, changes in land use and infrastructure development is hindering efforts to increase forest cover to 65 percent of the total land area by 2015 and 70 percent by 2020.

Forest protection project takes root in Xekong and Saravan

Vientiane Times, January 12, 2012

More than 133,350 hectares of the Xe Sap National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Xekong and Saravan provinces will now be better protected, Deputy Head of the provincial Sector of Forest Conservation, Mr Keopaylin Gnonphetsy, said on Wednesday. The improved forest protection and surveillance will be funded by KwF, a German non-governmental organisation, at a cost of more than 1.9 million euros and the project will run from 2011-15.

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