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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. 

ASEAN Chief Justices Taking Action on Environmental Law and Enforcement

ADB 16 December 2014MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Justices from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to measures to strengthen environmental law adjudication and enforcement in the region. During the Fourth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment, held in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 12-14 December, justices from Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam indicated they had established national judicial working groups on environmental law, while most agreed to develop national environmental law bench books for use in courts and tribunals.

“As champions of the rule of law, ASEAN judiciaries’ have a unique and critical role in tackling the region’s key environmental challenges such as the illegal forestry and illegal wildlife trades,” said Kala Mulqueeny, Principal Counsel, in ADB’s Office of General Counsel. “What is exciting is how seriously these judiciaries are taking this role, while also calling for improvements at the police and prosecution levels.”

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.

Rubber export revenue rises despite persistent low prices

Vientiane Times, 28 November 2014

The country’s income from the export of rubber products increased substantially this year despite the crisis in rubber pricing in the world market. In the last fiscal year the country earned about US$96.7 million from rubber exports to China, Vietnam and Thailand, of which only US$37 million had come in the first six months according to the Agriculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.The price of rubber in the country has currently dropped to just over 4,000 kip, while varying between 7,000 and 8,000 kip at beginning of the year. After the number of rubber trees that were mature enough to tap had increased substantially, rubber went to the top of the list of Lao agricultural exports as the highest revenue earner.

Laos enters negotiation on EU FLEGT

Vientiane Times, 23 Oct 2014

Assurance of the legality of Lao timber is a step closer after negotiations with the European Union (EU) regarding forestry law enforcement, governance and trade commenced.  The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry announced the progress on the issue yesterday in Vientiane.

The Forestry Department Director General, Mr Thongphat Vongmany spoke at a press conference during the 4th Sub-Regional Training Workshop on Timber Legality Assurance in Vientiane, which runs from October 22-24. He said the Lao side still has several issues requiring discussion with the EU FLEGT and Asean nations attending the training workshop. “Are we ready to enter the EU FLEGT? The answer is not yet, due to the fact we still need more discussion on this,” he said.

Rubber becomes top export earner

Vientiane Times, 9 Oct 2014

In the first six months of this year rubber reached the top of the list of Lao agricultural exports as the highest revenue earner after the number of rubber trees mature enough to tap increased substantially. The country exported about 16,650 tonnes of unfinished and raw rubber products to China, Vietnam and Thailand and received almost US$37 million according to an official Agriculture Department report. Other major agricultural export earners were sweetcorn, 186,000 tonnes worth US$36 million; coffee, over 7,000 tonnnes worth almost US$16 million and cassava, 50,000 tonnes worth about US$12 million.

Foreign land grab threat not just an illusion

Bangkok Post, May 24, 2012.

Remember the news three years ago about some Saudi sheikhs trying to buy up paddy fields in central Thailand to ensure a steady rice supply for their oil-rich but food-scarce countries? Back then, the authorities could not deliver any evidence of the buy-ups, and blamed foreign men with Thai wives for purchasing local land through proxy ownership. That’s why I thought the brouhaha was simply a case of xenophobia. Now, I am not so sure. Thanks to research by farmers rights group GRAIN on worldwide farmland grabs, I couldn’t help wondering if the scapegoating was a ploy to shift public attention from the real culprits.

Regional contract-farming deal secures rubber market

Vientiane Times, April 10, 2012

A contract-farming pact was signed recently between five countries, with China set to purchase large quantities of rubber from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Harvesting is underway on some rubber plantations in Laos, with more expected in the years to come. The agreement will provide greater certainty in the rubber market with China set to buy 500,000 tonnes of smoked rubber and rubber sheets from the four countries, worth more than 14,000 billion kip (about 56.8 billion baht), Thailand’s The Nation newspaper reported.

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