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Over 700,000 cubic metres felled illegally, but not as timber

KPL News, 16 July 2014

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment reported that over 700,000 cubic metres of trees are felled illegally every year for charcoal production, construction purposes (supporters) and being used as firewood. Mr Noulinh Sinbandith, who is the above mentioned minister told the ongoing ordinary session of the 7th National Assembly legislation on 14 July that the increased cutting of wood for such purposes severely damaged and deforested the production forestry in the country.

NA: Govt needs to work harder on forest management, conservation

Vientiane Times, 16 July 2014

Members of the National Assembly (NA) have asked the government to work harder to manage, protect and conserve Lao forests in an effort to increase forest coverage to 65 percent by 2015 and 70 percent by 2020 as planned. The members made the comments this week during the ongoing ordinary session of the NA following a presentation by the government on its initiative to manage, protect and conserve forests, which were categorised into three types. These three categories are protected forest, conservation forest and production forest in order to ease its management effort.

Govt aware of rising deforestation in Laos, PM says

Vientiane Times, 9 July 2014

The government is aware of the widespread deforestation and increasing number of sawmills in Laos, which is sparking concerns in regards to its efforts to increase forestry cover to 70 percent by 2020. Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong was responding to a question from National Assembly member Mr Duangdy Outthachak yesterday at the ongoing NA session.

Mr Duangdy questioned why the government has approved the felling of so much timber. With trucks carrying timber for export all day and night how can Laos achieve the target of increasing forest cover to 70 percent by 2020, he asked.

Planting campaign to conserve mountain’s abundant forest

Vientiane Times, 2 June 2014

Hundreds of people joined in planting trees to conserve forest in Vientiane’s Sangthong district, which covers part of the Phouphanang National Protected Area. District Governor Mr B ounthieng Khounsy led officials from Vientiane’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, local police, military forces, local residents and students in planting around 2,000 native saplings on around two hectares of land on Lanmanh Hill near Samphanna village.

Illegal logging encroaching onto private lands

Vientiane Times, 26 May 2014

Trees on privately held land have become a target for illegal loggers as the stocks of trees dwindle in natural forests on state owned land. One local businessman named Mr Khamphay Sonsana who had some valuable trees stolen from his forest, spoke to Vientiane Timeson Friday about the current situation of the timber trade and concerns among members of the public.

Xayaboury executes mass timber factory closure to save forests

Vientiane Times, 22 May 2014

Xayaboury provincial authorities have ordered many wood factories to stop their businesses for operating illegally, amidst a shortage of young trees and saplings. The Director of Xayaboury State inspection organisation Department, Mr Bounta Inthavong spoke to Vientiane Times yesterday on the situation with the timber trade in the province and how authorities planned to address it.

Public concerned Lao forests will be left with no big trees

Vientiane Times, 22 May 2014

People are seeing scores of wood trucks on the roads every day in some parts of the country, prompting concerns that Lao’s forests may soon be stripped of all big trees. Most of the trucks look overloaded and some do not display number plates, leading to suspicions of illegal timber trading.

“Logging is not taking place in all the woodlands of the country as the public think,” Deputy Director of the Forestry Department Mr Thong-eth Phayvanh told Vientiane Times on Wednesday. The wood trucks people are seeing may be carrying timber harvested between 2011 and 2013, not wood cut this year. He said the wood may also have been cleared from areas being developed into hydropower dams or crop plantations.

Illegal logging spurred by neighbouring countries timber demand endangers forests

Vientiane Times, 15 May 2014

Forests in Laos are being put under threat by surging demand for timber in neighbouring countries, despite the government’s efforts to deal with the problem. In April alone, authorities seized more than 200 cubic metres of timber and wood products in the middle and southern provinces of Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan and Xekong, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Minister vows to speed up forest surveys, rehabilitation efforts

Vientiane Times, 5 May 2014

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aims to complete a survey on the remaining 780,000 hectares of production forest, the forest allocated for logging, which has yet to be surveyed and assessed by 2015. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe made the announcement recently at a meeting between the government cabinet, the Vientiane Mayor and provincial governors in Vientiane.

The government has approved 51 production forest areas across the country covering about 3.1 million hectares in total. Of these, officials have completed surveys, as well as logging and management plans for an area of more than 2.3 million hectares, the minister told the meeting.

Furniture makers call on govt to deal with wood trade issues

Vientiane Times, 22 April 2014

Lao furniture makers call on the government to protect the domestic furniture industry by using stricter measures against the illegal wood trade and preventing the export of logs and timbers. Lao Furniture Association President Mr Khamphay Somsana made the call at a meeting between Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and the Lao Chamber of Commerce and Industry held yesterday in Vientiane.

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