Lao People's Democratic Republic

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Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 2 - Activity fully underway 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 2 - Activity fully underway 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2020

Improved management effectiveness of existing and new protected areas through increased revenue for protected area systems to meet total expenditures required for management
2015 - 2020 $9,670,000
2020 $360,000 1.1) Strengthened Institutional Capacity to develop protected area planning and management
2020 $7,920,000 1.2) Improved Site Based Management Capacity
2020 $660,000 1.3) Controlled Green Crime in the National Protected Area
2020 $380,000 1.4) Developed Conservation education and law dissemination to the public
2015 $100,000 1.5) Developed financial sustainability for Protected Area Management
2015 $250,000 1.6) Strenghtening Collaborations for protected area and wildlife conservation between Laos and Vietnam
Capacity building for addressing the illegal trans-boundary wildlife trade (Include national species conservation like tiger, gibbon, saola, giant catfish, and others into the NBSAP or NAPA and NSEDP)
2015 $2,750,000
2015 $450,000 2.1) strengthened capacity of insitutions mandated with wildlife trade control
2015 $450,000 2.2) strengthened capacity of CITES agencies
2015 $450,000 2.3) improved capacity for on-ground wildlife poaching and trade control in/around project sites
2015 2.4) reduced threats to protected areas nationally from innapropriate development
2015 $350,000 2.5) improved coordination between Laos-Vietnam on controlling illegal trade in wildlife and timber
2015 $450,000 2.6) reduced illegal timber and wildlife poaching and trade
2015 $350,000 2.7) increased profile of institutions that manage and protect wildlife and protected areas, and increased recognition of the importance of biodiversity by high levels of government
2015 $250,000 2.8) livelihood improvement in the selected NPA concerned communities on sustainable management and use of NTFPs and income-generating activities
Sustainable Forest Management is enhanced and incorporated in the NPAs, and improved NPA connectivity through biodiversity corridors, forest restoration, and upgrading of PPA to NPA, improved management of the Protection Forests, and village and community forests
2012 - 2015 $1,980,000
2015 $350,000 3.1) Improved natural resource management to improve connectivity
2012 $580,000 3.2) Conducted land use planning, zoning in key connectivity areas
2013 $350,000 3.3) Restored ecosystem functions in some connectivity areas
2015 $250,000 3.4) Conducted demarcation of corridor areas
2013 $450,000 3.5) Established of village forest

GEF Projects

Lao PDR is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 8 countries : Cambodia, Korea DPR, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Building Capacity for Regionally Harmonized National Processes for Implementing CBD Provisions on Access to Genetic Resources and Sharing of Benefits Biodiversity 2009-05-11 CEO Approved 750,000 USD 750,000 USD
Support to GEF Eligible Parties (LDCs & SIDs) for the Revision of the NBSAPs and Development of Fifth National Report to the CBD - Phase 1 Biodiversity 2011-11-09 CEO Endorsed 6,798,000 USD 6,500,000 USD
Regional Plan for Introduction of BAT/BEP Strategies to Industrial Source Categories of Stockholm Convention Annex C of Article 5 in ESEA Region POPs 2009-09-04 CEO Approved 1,000,000 USD 1,900,290 USD
Piloting Integrated Processes and Approaches to Facilitate National Reporting to Rio Conventions Multi Focal Area 2009-02-11 IA Approved 770,000 USD 500,000 USD
World Bank/GEF Partnership Investment Fund for Pollution Reduction in the Large Marine Ecosystems of East Asia (Tranche 1, 2nd Installment) International Waters 2007-06-14 Council Approved 0 USD 80,870,000 USD
National Performance Assessment and Subregional Strategic Environment Framework in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Multi Focal Area 2002-12-18 IA Approved 800,000 USD 1,600,000 USD
Removal of Barriers to the Introduction of Cleaner Artisanal Gold Mining and Extraction Technologies International Waters 2001-12-07 IA Approved 7,124,982 USD 12,882,000 USD
National Adaptation Program of Action Climate Change 2003-07-30 IA Approved 200,000 USD 0
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2001-11-08 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 0
Strengthening POPs Management Capacities and Demonstration of PCB Destruction at the Energy Sector POPs 2012-06-07 Council Approved 1,400,000 USD 5,600,000 USD
Meeting the Primary Obligations of the Rio Conventions through Strengthening Capacity to Implement Natural Resources Legislation Multi Focal Area 2008-12-10 CEO Approved 500,000 USD 549,850 USD
Integrated Ecosystem and Wildlife Management Project in Bolikhamxay Province Biodiversity 2005-01-28 2010-01-31 Project Completion 999,025 USD 613,575 USD
Enabling activities to facilitate early action on the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Lao People?s Democratic Republic POPs 2002-04-19 2007-09-30 Project Closure 497,850 USD 0
National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Project Climate Change 1995-10-01 IA Approved 313,000 USD 0
Demonstration of BAT and BEP in Fossil Fuel-fired Utility and Industrial Boilers in Response to the Stockholm Convention on POPs POPs 2009-01-27 CEO Endorsed 4,400,000 USD 7,800,000 USD
Support to GEF Eligible Parties for Alignment of National Action Programs and Reporting Process under UNCCD Land Degradation 2012-06-07 CEO Endorsed 2,830,000 USD 2,750,000 USD
GMS-FBP Greater Mekong Subregion Forests and Biodiversity Program (PROGRAM) Multi Focal Area 2011-11-09 Council Approved 4,877,959 USD 131,896,100 USD
4th Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme (RAF2) Multi Focal Area 2009-04-21 CEO Endorsed 42,714,904 USD 43,000,000 USD
Implementation of Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) International Waters 2007-06-14 2012-03-31 Under Implementation 11,576,336 USD 33,374,400 USD
Mekong River Basin Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Program Biodiversity 2001-12-07 2009-11-17 Project Completion 4,534,600 USD 9,360,000 USD
Mekong River Basin Water Utilization Project International Waters 1999-05-07 2008-06-30 Project Closure 11,100,000 USD 7,200,000 USD
Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector in Lao PDR to Climate Change Impacts Climate Change 2009-09-18 CEO Endorsed 4,545,450 USD 4,445,450 USD
Developing and Demonstrating Replicable Protected Area Management Models at Nam Et - Phou Louey National Protected Area Biodiversity 2010-01-19 PIF Approved 879,000 USD 1,423,400 USD
Strengthening Protection and Management Effectiveness for Wildlife and Protected Areas Multi Focal Area 2012-06-07 Council Approved 6,825,688 USD 17,600,000 USD
Effective Governance for Small Scale Rural Infrastructure and Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate Climate Change 2011-08-26 Council Approved 4,820,000 USD 25,927,478 USD
BS Support the Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework of LAO PDR Biodiversity 2008-08-05 IA Approved 995,000 USD 505,000 USD
Southern Provinces Rural Electrification II Program Climate Change 2004-09-27 2012-03-31 Under Implementation 5,330,000 USD 27,880,000 USD
National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) for Global Environmental Management Multi Focal Area 2003-09-02 IA Approved 225,000 USD 17,600 USD
Off-grid Electrification Pilot Demonstration, A Component of the Laos Southern Provinces Rural Electrification Climate Change 1997-11-01 2004-12-31 Project Closure 744,000 USD 812,000 USD
Wildlife and Protected Areas Conservation Biodiversity 1991-05-01 2000-09-30 Project Closure 5,000,000 USD 200,000 USD

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  • United Nations Environment Programme