Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources
(ກຸ່ມເຮັດວຽກກ່ຽ່ວກັບບັນຫາການນຳໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນ) ແນ່ໃສ່ສົ່ງເສີ່ມ ຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈ ແລະຄວາມຮູ້ທ່ວງທັນ ໃນດ້ານ ເສດຖະກິດສັງຄົມ ສິງແວດລອມ ທີ່ກ່ຽວຂອງກັບການນຳໃຊ້ເນື້ອທີ່ດິນ ໃນໂຄງການ ຕ່າງໆ, ໂດຍການເກັບກຳ ແລະ ແຜ່ກະຈາຍ ຂໍ້ມູນ ຂ່າວສານ, ການຊຸກຍູ້ການສົນທະນາປຶກສາຫາລື ແລະ ການຄົ້ນຄວ້າວິໃຈ

Rubber prices may decrease in Luang Namtha

Vientiane Times, 23 April 2015

Some 500 to 600 hectares of rubber plantation in Sing district, Luang Namtha province are currently being destroyed by the owners of the plantations due to the slump in prices, according to a trade official. The rubber price on the world market has continuously declined over the past few years and consequently the rubber price in Laos has crashed as well.

Overloaded trucks fined 161m in Vietnam

Vientiane Times, 22 April 2015

Twenty five overloaded trucks carrying timber from Laos into Vietnam have been fined a total of VND430 million (more than 161 million kip) after an eight-day inspection at weigh stations in Vietnam’s Nghe An Province, local media reported. The trucks, among the 200 that were checked, were reportedly carrying from five to 30 percent more than allowed capacity during April 8 – 15, the Vietnam Net reported last week. Local Deputy Chief Transport Inspector Phan Huy Chuong told the Vietnam Net that the trucks underwent checks on National Highway 7 when travelling to the province from the Nam Can border crossing.

Public opinions sought on constitutional amendments

Vientiane Times, April 21, 2015

Policymakers are sounding out opinions from various sectors in society and those good and reasonable opinions will be taken into account into the draft of the amended constitution. The national committee in charge of amending the constitution has made a public announcement welcoming public opinions and comment on the proposed amendments.

Eight trucks caught in Vietnam with suspected smuggled timber

Vientiane Times, April 20,2015

Vietnamese traffic police in the central province of Nghe An have confiscated eight Lao-registered trucks allegedly laden with smuggled timber, Vietnam’s local media reported. The fleet was found parked on the roadside on National Highway 7 in Nghe An’s Chuong Duong district on April 7, Vietnam Breaking News reported on Saturday citing the Kien Thuc news website.

Students debate forest conservation

Vientiane Times, April 2, 2015

Students of the National University of Laos’ Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLP) took part in a workshop and debate on forest conservation and livelihood development yesterday. The event was organised by the FLP Debate Group and supported by the Committee for Cooperation with Laos (CCL), CARE, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Land Issues Working Group (LIWG), and the European Union (EU).

Switzerland, Germany pledge US$12m for land governance

Vientiane Times, March 16, 2015

The government of Switzerland, represented by the Swiss Agency for Development (SDC), and the Lao government, represented by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, on Friday launched the Mekong Regional L and Governance Project in Laos.  The project, which is planned for a period of eight years, will received financial support from the Swiss government amounting to US$8 million (65.2 billion kip), and from the German government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), amounting to 3.5 million euros (about US$3.7 million or 30 billion kip). Secretary of State for the Swiss Confederation, Mr Manuel Sager, and Lao Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Kikeo Chanthaboury, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the launch of the project. The project is an initiative to support land tenure security for family farmers, especially women and ethnic groups, by assisting the emergence of more favourable policies and practices, according to a press release.

Energy, mining output value declines

Vientiane Times, March 16, 2015

A summary report released by the Ministry of Energy and Mines on Friday indicates that the output value of Laos’ energy and mines sector dropped in the first quarter of this fiscal year (2014-15). The ministry’s summary noted that production value in 2014-15 was only 4.22 trillion kip (about US$527.71 million), down 16 percent compared to the same period in the last fiscal year. The report noted that the energy sector generated more than 3.07 billion kWh, about 11 percent down on the same period last fiscal year.“The energy sector has gone down 11 percent while mining has dropped 17 percent,” the ministry reported.

Many miners found to be in violation of agreements

Vientiane Times, March 12, 2015

More than 50 mining operators have breached agreements they made with the Lao government, it has emerged as officials in charge take action to inspect mine project operations across the country, according to a report. The violations included many mining projects failing to comply with environmental guidelines, while some did not pay obligation fees to the government and local communities, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Bounthavy Sisouphanthong told Vientiane Times yesterday.

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