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

Officials discuss access to justice in Laos

Vientiane Times,  August 28, 2015.

Experts from the legal sector in Laos met with their counterparts from Vietnam, China and Singapore yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the improvement of services and access to justice in Laos. The improvement of access to justice by the Lao people forms part of a project for the implementation of the legal sector master plan (SPLSMP).

Vietnamese companies to mine rock salt in Khammuan

Vientiane Times 17 August 2015

Two Vietnamese companies have inked a deal for a joint venture rock salt mining project in Khammuan province, with an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract signed in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday. Vietnam Chemical Group (Vinachem) and Vietnam Lao Chemical and Rock Salt Limited Company (Vilachemsalt) signed the EPC contract for the US$450 million Lao-Vietnamese project to process salt in Khammuan province.

600 people receive free legal aid in six months

Vientiane Times 13 August 2015

Some 600 poor people throughout the country have received free legal aid through the Lao Bar Association’s (LBA) legal aid clinics over the past six months, with 70 of them having court cases found in their favour. Lao Bar Association President Mr Mixay Thepmany talked about the free legal aid provided by the LBA in an interview with Vientiane Times last week.

Villagers and eucalypt concession cooperation benefits community

Vientiane Times, July 27, 2015.

The promotion of industrial trees is a key priority of the government for long term socio-economic development. Thousands of hectares of land were approved by the government for concessions to Lao and foreign companies for industrial tree plantations such as rubber, eucalyptus and teak.

Laos intends to use the VPA process for forestry development

Vientiane Times, July 27, 2015.

Laos is enhancing its efforts to implement the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VAP) as it seeks to further the development of the forestry sector. With support from Germany´s Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Department of Forestry Inspection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry held an introduction workshop on the forestry legal compendium in Vientiane last week.

Compensation pledged at Savan-Seno economic zone

Vientiane Times, July 23, 2015

Displaced villagers affected by the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone (SSSEZ) in the central province of Savannakhet will receive appropriate compensation, a senior government official has assured. Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Lao National Committee for Special Economic Zones, Mr Khanty Lokaphone made the assurance on Tuesday at a press conference held at the National Assembly (NA) in response to a question raised by an affected villager.

Borikhamxay rubber farmers selling land to clear debts

Vientiane Times, July 17, 2015

Rubber growers in Borikhamxay province are placing for sale signs up on their land in a desperate attempt to relieve debt problems. An official from the provincial Agriculture and Forestry Department, who asked not to be named, told Vientiane Times on Thursday that rubber tree plantations have been advertised for sale across the province. Local growers have decided to sell their land because of the low price of rubber and to repay debts. “They’re in debt because they borrowed money from the banks to plant their rubber trees,” he explained.

Poor accounting hollows out timber revenues

Vientiane Times, July 08, 2015. 

The Ministry of Finance has identified numerous loopholes in the accounting of timber sold by local authorities that meant the government has been missing out on much needed revenue. The government has set the target to collect revenue of 100 billion kip from the sale of its timbers for the 2014-15 fiscal year but in the past six months of this fiscal year only 13 billion kip was collected. Of particular concern was the sale of timber acquired from state stockpiles, as the revenue was not being paid back to the national budget by local authorities, the ministry has said.

Timber smuggling to Vietnam continues

Vientiane Times, 6 June 2015

More and more wood is being smuggled across the border from Laos and Cambodia to the southwestern boundary of Vietnam, according to a Vietnamese media report on Thursday. Vietnamese smuggling prevention agencies were quoted in the VietNamNet online newspaper as saying they had discovered many consignments of wood illegally imported from the two countries.

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. 

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