Country Profile - Laos

Pak Ou caves, Luang Prabang

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Workshop reviews Forest Tenure and Policies in Lao PDR

RECOFTC – the Center for People and Forests - February, 2012

A workshop on forest tenure and policies in Lao PDR was held in Vientiane from 28-29 November 2011. The event was hosted by the Department of Forests (DOF) with support from RECOFTC – the Center for People and Forests and the Rights and Resources Initiatives (RRI).


The key objective of the workshop was to continue the process of learning on forest land tenure reform from various countries, review and reflect on the current states of forest tenure in Lao PDR, and work out on pathways to forest tenure change. Resource persons from China, Nepal, Brazil and Vietnam were invited to share their experience of forest tenure reform. Dr. Ty Phommasack, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources in his opening remarks expressed that in the context of government plan to review the policies and laws in Lao PDR, the workshop could provide significant inputs and develop better understanding of the desirability of forest policy change, tenure reform and community rights amongst stakeholders.


In his welcoming note, Mr. James Bampton of RECOFTC stated that there is a growing competing interest over land, water and forests between large scale investors and rural, often poor, communities relying on the same resources for their livelihoods- therefore there is an urgent need to clarify the tenure arrangement and ensure that local communities are getting benefit from those resources.


Workshop participants discussed on the following four thematic issues and identified gaps, opportunities and assistance needed to address those gaps and challenges.

  • Review of current status of policies and laws
  • Review of existing information and knowledge system
  • Review of institutional arrangement at central and local levels
  • Review of existing external assistance in promoting community and private based forest management


In the closing remarks, Dr. Silavanh (DG of Department of Forests in Lao PDR) highlighted the need of addressing identified policy gaps, and to develop clear mechanism to monitor and implement those policies on the ground.


Please click here to view workshop proceedings.




Laos joins REDD Desk Countries Database


(November, 2011) Laos joined the REDD Desk countries database last week along with Mexico following the earlier launch of databases for Sri Lanka and Guyana in October, 2011 and Brazil, Cameroon and Vietnam in June 2011. The REDD Countries Database is a centralised and collaborative database of the diverse and rapidly evolving range of ongoing REDD activities in tropical forest owning nations. Organized and aggregated by country, the REDD Countries Database summarizes key information across a range of areas including policies, plans, laws, statistics, activities and financing.


The REDD Desk and REDD Countries Database were initiated and are managed by the Global Canopy Program and the Forum on Readiness for REDD in collaboration with an international team of REDD experts. Forest Carbon Asia led the research for Laos and Sri Lanka.


Please click here to view the Lao PDR country database.




Laos issues its first communal forest land titles: National workshop discusses lessons learnt


(November, 2011) Lao PDR held a workshop titled “Workshop on communal land titling: The case of Sangthong District” on October 6, 2011 to explore the background, lessons learnt from the case studies, and how best to move forward with clarifying and securing tenure over communal forest land across Laos. The workshop was organized by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, the Gender and Development Group (GDG) and the Land Issues Working Group (LIWG) which is a network of mostly international and local civil society organization staff and other individuals working on land issues in Lao PDR.

Please click here to view the feature article on the event.

Please click here to view the feature article on the event.



Lao FIP Forest Investment Plan

Lao FIP Forest Investment Plan

Lao FIP Forest Investment Plan

(October, 2011) The draft of Lao FIP Forest Investment Plan was available for public review and comment on the Department of Forestry’s (DoF) website from 21st to 26th September 2011. The completed final draft has been submitted to the FIP sub-committee. The Government of Laos (GOL) will present the draft to the FIP sub-committee for approval on 31st October 2011.

Summary of Investment Plan:

  • FIP Funding Requested: USD 30 million
  • National FIP Focal Point: Mr. Oupakone Alounsavath, Head of the Planning Division, Department of Forestry (DoF)
  • National Implementing Agency: Department of Forestry (DoF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Involved Multilateral Development Banks: ADB, IFC and World Bank




Stakeholder consultation workshop to finalize FIP plan for Lao PDR


(September 13, 2011) Lao PDR held a stakeholder consultation workshop in Vientiane on September 9, 2011 to finalize its Forest Investment Program (FIP) plan. Laos is one of the eight countries selected for piloting the FIP with a pledged allocation of US$ 20-30 million. “The FIP supports developing countries’ efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and promotes sustainable forest management that leads to emission reductions and the protection of carbon reservoirs. It achieves this by providing scaled-up financing to developing countries for readiness reforms and public and private investments, identified through national REDD readiness or equivalent strategies.”  Read more


Please click here to access the completion report of the joint technical mission, Sept 2011 from the CIF website.




Workshop: Revising the forestry legal framework to enable REDD+ in Lao PDR


(August 27, 2011) The Department of Forestry (DoF), Lao PDR conducted a first national information-sharing and consultation workshop in Vientiane on August 23, 2011 to start the process for revising the forestry legal framework in Lao PDR. They were supported in this effort by the bilateral and multilateral programs CliPAD, SUFORD and FSCAP, and the NGO WCS.  Read more




Workshop on Private sector engagement on REDD+ in Lao PDR


(July 7, 2011) In the last months, the Government of Lao PDR received proposals from numerous private enterprises seeking to develop forest carbon projects in Laos. To facilitate information-sharing with and feedback from the private sector, the Department of Forestry organized a workshop “Private sector engagement on REDD+ in Lao PDR” on Friday, July 1st 2011. The workshop was sponsored by FAO and supported by the bilateral and multilateral projects CliPAD, JICA, SUFORD; and by Forest Carbon Asia. Participants included representatives from the government, the private sector, NGOs, and bilateral and multilateral projects.  Read more


Powerpoint presentations from the workshop, July 1st 2011



  • Is good if you can follow up REDD activities in Laos. My comments: what is the best methods for REDD in Laos should be applied in fututre after 2012

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    • unna

      Yes, we plan to follow through on REDD activities in Laos. There are many ongoing pilot activities and their results could suggest optimal strategies for implementing REDD+ in Laos. We will be posting more comprehensive information on REDD+ status and plans in Laos within the next two months.

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  • Chaloun

    This is great for Lao PDR to raise its honor and secure its environmental status in the region as well as globally. One question I have: What is the best method to measure carbon stocks for monitoring and evaluation of REDD projects in Lao PDR?

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    • Anuradha

      Presently there are methods developed and being developed under different voluntary forest carbon standards. There are a few REDD methodologies already available under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). Please find more details about these standards from our Standards & Verification page.

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