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Regional experts mull solutions to land governance challenges

Vientiane Times 24th February 2016

Experts are seeking to design innovative solutions to land-related challenges in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam by discussing the experiences of the four Mekong countries. More than 80 people representing over 30 organisations from six countries in South East Asia are taking part in a regional stakeholders’ consultation workshop in Vientiane from February 23-24. The meeting is considering coordinated responses and priority areas for joint collaboration on issues of land governance.

Timber smuggling to Vietnam continues

Vientiane Times, 6 June 2015

More and more wood is being smuggled across the border from Laos and Cambodia to the southwestern boundary of Vietnam, according to a Vietnamese media report on Thursday. Vietnamese smuggling prevention agencies were quoted in the VietNamNet online newspaper as saying they had discovered many consignments of wood illegally imported from the two countries.

Smugglers of wood are busy before rainy season

VietNamNet Bridge, 4 June 2015 

More and more wood is being smuggled across the southwestern border. Smuggling prevention agencies said they had discovered many consignments of wood illegally imported from Laos and Cambodia across the border. 

Eight trucks caught in Vietnam with suspected smuggled timber

Vientiane Times, April 20,2015

Vietnamese traffic police in the central province of Nghe An have confiscated eight Lao-registered trucks allegedly laden with smuggled timber, Vietnam’s local media reported. The fleet was found parked on the roadside on National Highway 7 in Nghe An’s Chuong Duong district on April 7, Vietnam Breaking News reported on Saturday citing the Kien Thuc news website.

Environmental Group Urges Laos to Support Complaint Mechanism

RFA, 31 Dec 2014

An environmental advocacy group has called on the government of Laos to ensure that a Vietnamese state-owned rubber group operating in the country is adhering to the law and upholding the rights of villagers affected by its plantations. Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which is majority owned by the Vietnamese government, agreed in July to set up a system through which it resolves issues raised in citizen’s complaints and inquiries concerning two of its plantations in Champasak and Savannakhet provinces within 30 days.

Forest protection vital for carbon control

Vientiane Times, 16 December 2014

As the climate changes, many countries around the world have had to take on greater responsibility for forest protection and management.
Laos is one of the countries working hard on forestry conservation.
The Forestry Department last week held a Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) meeting in Vientiane to encourage the relevant sectors to participate in forest protection. The meeting was chaired by the department Deputy Director General, Mr Khamphay Manivong. The government has established targets for reafforestation set at 65 percent of cover by 2015 and 70 percent by 2020 but it faces severe challenges to reach these targets due to an increasing population and rapid development. Forests are referred to as carbon sinks as they absorb carbon dioxide from and release oxygen into the atmosphere, according to the World Bank’s senior Forestry Specialist, Mr Robert R. Davis.
Every decade since the 1960s global temperatures have been rising, 2012 was the warmest year in recorded history, he said.
Asia is important for REDD (reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation) as about 20 percent of the world’s forests are in Asia and Oceania.
FCPF was launched at the 13th session of the conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bali.
FCPF first began operations in June 2008. There are 47 participating developing countries in REDD which have been selected to join the FCPF (18 in Africa, 18 in Latin America, and 11 in the Asia pacific region).
Thirteen donors or contributors from both the public and private sectors are financially supporting the FCPF in Laos. After the country joined the FCPF it received two grants, US$200,000 for RPP (readiness, preparation and proposal) development implemented during 2009-2010 and US$3.6 million for RPP implementation and REDD+ readiness support. This grant became effective in August this year. The objective of the project is to contribute to Laos’ efforts to design and implement a sound national REDD+ strategy. The FCPF is designed to set the stage for a large-scale system of incentives for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, providing a fresh source of financing for the sustainable use of forest resources and biodiversity conservation and for the more than 1.2 billion people who depend to a varying degree on forests for their livelihood.

Agricultural expansion needed for food security and commerce

Vientiane Times, 12 Dec 2014

Laos plans to produce about 5 million tonnes of rice by 2020 to ensure food security in the country. Throughout the past 39 years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has spent a lot of its budget investing in the generation of food produce as a means of creating food security in the country.

The government has focused on rice as the priority food of the nation, encouraging farmers to grow different types of cash crops, livestock development and fish breeding according to ministry reports.

Laos needs committee to manage rubber pricing

Vientiane Times, 06 Dec 2014

The price of rubber in Laos will continue to suffer as the country has not yet established a national committee for management of the commodity or an association for price negotiation. The major regional markets still depend on Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia because these countries have large numbers of rubber plantations and so regional pricing is largely based on them, the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute Director, Dr. Bounthong Bouahom told Vientiane Times yesterday.

VN’s timber ‘ban’ has a catch

Phnom Penh Post, Thu, 6 November 2014

Vietnam’s announcement that it would temporarily suspend the import and re-export of unprocessed timber from Cambodia and Laos may not benefit the Kingdom’s forests as much as it may seem, experts on the timber trade told the Post yesterday. Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, which declined to comment immediately for this article, made the announcement in a circular released Tuesday, which takes effect on December 8.

Vietnam to ban timber imports

Phnom Penh Post, Wed, 5 November 2014

Vietnam will be enacting a “temporary suspension” of timber imports and re-exports sourced from natural forests in Cambodia and Laos, according to a government circular from the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. The circular takes full effect on December 8 but does not indicate when the suspension will end. Officials from the Ministry of Industry and Trade did not reply to requests for comment.

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