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Villagers and eucalypt concession cooperation benefits community

Vientiane Times, July 27, 2015.

The promotion of industrial trees is a key priority of the government for long term socio-economic development. Thousands of hectares of land were approved by the government for concessions to Lao and foreign companies for industrial tree plantations such as rubber, eucalyptus and teak.

Compensation pledged at Savan-Seno economic zone

Vientiane Times, July 23, 2015

Displaced villagers affected by the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone (SSSEZ) in the central province of Savannakhet will receive appropriate compensation, a senior government official has assured. Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Lao National Committee for Special Economic Zones, Mr Khanty Lokaphone made the assurance on Tuesday at a press conference held at the National Assembly (NA) in response to a question raised by an affected villager.

Official clarifies land title charges

Vientiane Times, February 06, 2015

Officials have admitted to possible duplicate charges for the registration of land rights when land owners need the relevant documents urgently. Officials from Savannakhet province clarified the issue when responding to queries raised through the National Assembly’s hotline call during the legislative body’s recent session.

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.

Government increases the number of rice bowls to 10

KPL, 3 October 2014

The government has added eight more provinces to its list of main rice bowls in the country increasing rice farmland to 800,000 ha from previously 600,000 ha. With the addition of eight provinces to the list of main rice bowls by the government, there are 10 provinces across the country where rice farming is a priority. These include Khammuan, Savannakhet , Saravan, Champassak, Borikhamxay, Vientiane, Vientiane Capital, Bokeo, Xayaboury and Luang Namtha.

Pilot scheme to eradicate illegal logging

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

The exportation of logs is undergoing a pilot scheme in an attempt to address the issue of illegal logging in Laos. Despite the government prohibiting the exportation of logs in order to boost domestic supplies to wood processing plants and adding value by processing wood products before exporting them, logs are still seen to be exported with several complaints being made on the issue.

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.

Rubber tapping launched in Savannakhet

Vientiane Times, 8 May 2014

The Quasa Geruco Joint Venture Company from Vietnam, who has been supervising the project since 2007, has begun tapping its rubber trees in Savannakhet province. A rubber tapping ceremony was organised yesterday at the company’s plantation in Veunhongkham village, Phin district in Savannakhet province.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Somsavat Lengsavad, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe, the Minister of Natural Resource and Environment, Mr Nourin Sinbandith, Savannakhet provincial Governor Dr Souphanh Keomixay, Vietnamese government officials, provincial authorities and company representatives attended the ceremony.

Changes to Golden Triangle SEZ agreement proposed

Vientiane Times, 30 April 2014

Government officials and Chinese developers met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss draft amendments to the agreement on the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Bokeo province. The move comes after the two sides found the previous agreement was inappropriate and did not reflect the current situation of the country. Both sides wanted to revise the agreement to ensure that it was fair to the government, the developers and local people.

Organic farming to increase Savannakhet farmers’ incomes

Vientiane Times, 24 July,  2013

The Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project is encouraging farmers in southern provinces to grow organic vegetables for commercial sale to boost their household incomes. However, some farmers still have a lack of education to manage pests, insects and techniques to treat their vegetables and other crops if pests become a problem.

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