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

Log export prohibition to benefit furniture entrepreneurs

VT Times, September 21, 2015

Furniture entrepreneurs hope to receive increased benefits for their businesses and create revenue for the country after the government prohibited log exports. The government also instructed that timber must be processed within the country before being exporting to foreign countries.

Govt set to issue 60,000 land titles next fiscal year

VT Times, September 17, 2015

The government has set a target to register 100,000 land plots and issue land titles on 60,000 plots in the next fiscal year 2015-16. The target was approved by the cabinet at the government’s monthly meeting for August held late last month at the Government Office in Vientiane. Since the programme to issue land titles began in 1997, it is expected that more than 900,000 land titles will h ave been issued by this fiscal year which finishes at the end of this month, Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Anothai Chanthalasy said recently.

Xekong villagers disturbed by gold diggers

Vientiane Times, September 11, 2015.

People in two villages of Xekong province are troubled as gold diggers are using toxic materials to separate the gold from ore deposits. Villagers fear there are serious risks of illness not only to them but also the gold miners because of the unsafe practices. People have posted a letter on social media begging the relevant sectors to take control of the gold diggers in the two villages of Dakpong and Dakchang in Dakcheung district, Xekong province.

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.

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