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MONRE: 10 projects to be cancelled

Vientiane Times, 24 Oct 2014

Officials are now considering cancelling contracts on 10 projects due to failure in following national resource and environmental regulations.

The Ministry of National Resources and Environment (MONRE) told the media at a government meeting press conference yesterday that after inspecting various projects relating to their jurisdiction, the department found 10 projects were breaking regulations and the law. As a result, the ministry forwarded this information to the Ministry of Planning and Investment in order to cancel the contracts.
Deputy Minister of the National Resource and Environment Ms Bounkham Vorachit said they cooperated with other involved ministries to investigate various projects in provinces across the country.

Survey, land use plan needed to avoid land disputes

Vientiane Times, 11 August 2014

A ministry has pledged to undertake surveys and draw up land use plans before land lease and concession approvals in order to avoid land disputes. Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Siphandone Sihavong made the comment at a two-day workshop that ended last Friday in Vientiane.

Govt aims to deal with land disputes

Vientiane Times, 8 August 2014

Policy developers are exploring ways to deal with land disputes and precautionary measures to prevent issues from arising in the wake of land leases and concessions for investment projects. Representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment and their provincial departments along with officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss possible solutions.

Experts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) were invited to share lessons on various land-related topics including economic appraisal techniques for state land concessions and leases, as well as social and gender risk assessment for state land concessions and leases.

Ministry confirms compensation for villagers affected by Luang Prabang airport

Vientiane Times, 28 July 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has confirmed that all villagers affected by the Luang Prabang airport expansion project will receive compensation.

Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department Mr Anothai Chanthalasy on behalf of the ministry responded to a question raised by affected families in Phakhom village in Luang Prabang province.

The villagers said they have proposed to relevant authorities to pay their compensation but the issue has yet to be addressed despite the airport project having already been completed.

Villagers occupy forest area illegally

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

More than 20 hectares of forest area along a newly-constructed road that links Vangvieng to Meuangfeuang districts in Vientiane province have been occupied by villagers – an action that contravenes regulations, a senior government official has said. Some 49 families of Phonxay and Naxay villages have cleared forest in Naxay village along the new road to resettle themselves, said Deputy Director General of the Forest Inspection Department, Mr Paphakon Vongxay.

Forest cover goal possible if managed properly

Vientiane Times, 22 July 2014

The goal of increasing forest cover to 70 percent of the country by 2020 will be possible if action is taken to manage and protect forests. Director General of the Department of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Thongphath Vongmany, said last week that if proper action was taken to manage the forests and the damaged forests were recovered, then Laos would be able to surpass their target of 70 percent.

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.

Online system to connect sectors to land concession data

Vientiane Times, 9 June 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Natural Resources and Environment Information Centre (NREIC) has completed trials of a system for sending and exchanging data through an online spatial database. The centre is training central-level staff from the ministry and other related ministries to become trainers themselves, aiming to expand the system throughout the country by the end of 2014.

“We have successfully completed trials of the approach toward improving data on state land leases and concessions using an online system,” Acting Director of the NREIC Dr Bounkeua Vongsalat said at the closing training session at the NREIC office in Vientiane recently.

Better coordination needed in allocating land concessions

Vientiane Times, 28 May 2014

Lease concessions for state land are causing confusion among some foreign investors who are not sure whether they require documentation to be issued at the central or local levels of government. Generally, concessions of state land over 150 hectares for planting crops such as cassava and rubber trees are granted by the central level whereas less than this is processed at the local level.

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