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Xekong rubber project: some affected villagers refuse relocation

Vientiane Times, 13 August 2014

Some 38 families affected by a rubber plantation project in southern Xekong province have refused to move to a newly-developed community arranged for them, a senior government official told media last week. The 38 families claim that land in the area allocated to them is not fertile for cultivation.

But technical officials have confirmed that up to 80 percent of the entire area prepared for the newcomers is arable and good for cultivation, Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Anothai Chanthalasy told a press conference recently.

Foreign companies search for bauxite in southern Laos

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

Companies from China, Japan, Vietnam and Laos are in the process of conducting potential studies for bauxite exploration in the Bolaven plateau of southern Laos triggered by the high potential for the mineral in the region. The companies aim to identify the exact amount of bauxite in the plateau and whether the quality of the mining can meet their expectations before other investment processes can take place including feasibility studies and project development.

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.

Laos sends a team to investigate a land dispute in southern Laos

Plantation area in Sekong Province

Plantation area in Sekong Province.

AFP, Oct 2, 2012.

The Lao government has set up a task force to investigate a long-running dispute with villagers affected  by the development of a rubber plantation by a Vietnamese company in southern Laos’s remote Sekong province, according to an official. An unknown number of villagers in Sekong’s Thateng district have been seeking financial compensation and alternative land from the government after they were asked to vacate their farmland for the rubber plantation project by Vietnamese company Cong Ty Cao Su Nghi Lao-Viet (LVF) company.

Land Dispute Villagers Released

AFP, June 28, 2012

The seven Lao villagers wanted more compensation for land given to a rubber plantation.

A group of villagers in southern Laos who were detained after demanding local officials address a land dispute with a rubber plantation have been released, sources said Thursday, amid calls for a national review of concession policies. The seven villagers from Ban Yup in Sekong province’s Thateng district were detained two weeks ago, local sources speaking on condition of anonymity told RFA. Shortly before their detention, the group had approached district and provincial officials to demand better compensation for their land from the Vietnamese company that had been granted a concession for the rubber plantation.

Affected citizens speak of land use problems caused by concessions

Tractors ploughing the land in the villages in Paksong, Champasak.

Allocating land to commercial investment projects can potentially offer improved access to services and expansion of employment opportunities for local communities. However, if environmental and social safeguards and natural resource governance systems are not fully in place the risk of negative impacts is high.

Two Lao language audio files are available to listen where affected citizens speak of problems they are facing after village lands were granted to concessions. Both files have been recorded  in a Lao National Radio (103.7) program.

Companies to explore mining and hydropower possibilities

Vientiane Times, February 9, 2012

The Phouphieng Mineral Export-Import Sole Company is teaming up with the Mekong Mining Company to study the possibilities for bauxite and potassium mining and hydropower in Laos. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday in Vientiane between Phouphieng Company President Mr Vilaysith Liumxayachak and Mekong Mining Company President Mr Andrew Kent. Officials from both sides attended, along with the Vice President of the National Science Council, Dr Maydom Chanthanasinh.

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.

Vietnamese company to survey for copper in Xekong

Vientiane Times, January 12, 2012

The government has given permission for the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Joint Stock Company (HAG) of Vietnam to conduct an exploration survey forcopper deposits on 92 square kilometres of land in Lamam district of Xekong province. A Memorandum of Understanding for the survey was signed in Vientiane on Saturday by Lao government officials and HAG representatives, witnessed by leaders from both countries.

Laos aims for further sustainable rattan certification

Vientiane Times, November 10, 2011

Laos plans to increase the land area certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for sustainable rattan production to boost the income of local families. Laos is first country in the world to have received FSC forest management certification on rattan products as part of the ‘Establishing a Sustainable Production System for Rattan Products Project’. The project carried out in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia aims to establish a sustainable rattan industry by introducing cleaner production and a credible chain-of-custody certification for raw rattan, as well as the establishment of a link to the European market.

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