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

Govt seeks funding to accelerate reforestation

Vientiane Times, 28 May 2015

The government is planning to source funding of 4 billion kip a year in the hope of achieving its reforestation goal of 16.6 million hectares by 2020. The money will be used to carry out surveys and allocate forest land, promote tree planting by the public, and encourage people to participate in reforestation and forest fire prevention, Deputy Director General of the Department of Forestry, Mr Boualy Phameuang, told Vientiane Times yesterday.

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.

Authorities revoke 23 mining licences

Vientiane Times, 3 June 2015

A total of 23 mining companies had their business licences cancelled after failing to explain to the Vientiane authorities about their lack of commercial operation. The Vientiane Energy and Mines Department has told these companies to suspend excavation for rhyorite and limestone in Vientiane.

Constitutional amendment and public participation discussed

Vientiane Times, 29th May 2015

Members of the Governance Sector Working Group (GSWG) gathered in Vientiane to share information and views on the topics of constitutional amendment and people’s participation and engagement in the justice system at the grass-roots level. The thematic workshop took place yesterday, chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Planning and Cooperation Department Director General Mr Nisith Keopanya. This was the third meeting of the GSWG this year, with the first meeting held in March and the second held in April.

Furniture makers hampered by lack of wood

Vientiane Times, 25th May 2015

Some furniture businesses around the country have given up their operations after being unable to source enough wood to fulfil orders. The Lao Furniture Association has asked for 30 percent of the government’s annual wood quota to sustain their business but this has not been approved yet, association official Mr Bounpheng Phengsisavath told Vientiane Times last week.

Food for thought

Bangkok Post 25th May 2015 – Business News

Childhood nutrition remains poor in Laos, where allocation of large land concessions to investors could be one factor undermining food security
For more details please read article in the below link:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/571871/food-for-thought

Govt steps up protection of conservation forest

Vientiane Times, 22nd May 2015

Development projects carried out in conservation forest areas in which the forest area has been converted or changed to another use must compensate for the forest loss, a new decree states. The government recently issued the Decree on Conservation Forest that identifies principles, measures and regulations on the establishment, allocation, management, protection, development and use of conservation forests.

Govt steps up protection of conservation forest

Vientiane Times, 22nd May 2015

Development projects carried out in conservation forest areas in which the forest area has been converted or changed to another use must compensate for the forest loss, a new decree states. The government recently issued the Decree on Conservation Forest that identifies principles, measures and regulations on the establishment, allocation, management, protection, development and use of conservation forests.

Govt plans more tree

Vientiane Times, 21st May 2015

Laos will have more new tree planting this year, well in excess of the target set in the government’s plan. The government had planned to encourage people around the country, including government offices and business operators, to plant 30,000 hectares of new trees but the Department of Forestry Deputy Director General, Mr Boualy Phameuang, said he was confident that this figure would be surpassed as society generally has become more aware of the need for greater forest cover.

Senior parliamentarian calls for transparent investment concessions

Vientiane Times, 29th April 2015

A senior parliamentarian has called for the government to put action in place to ensure transparent concessions over investment projects in order to maximise the benefits obtained and the utilisation of resources. Chairwoman of the Committee for Economics, Planning and Finance of the National Assembly (NA) Dr Souvanpheng Bouphanouvong made the comments in a
press conference last week during her attendance to the three-day government meeting where the cabinet, Vientiane mayor and provincial governors met.

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