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 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.

Come to collect compensation payments, former residents told

Vientiane Times, 27th April 2015

Vientiane authorities are still waiting to compensate many people who have not yet collected their compensation payments for the land they lost to the 450 Year Road, which was commenced back in 2008. An official of the Vientiane Natural Resources and Environment Department, who asked not to be named, told Vientiane Times on Friday that the compensation has been available for four or five years now.

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.

Draft land policy has ‘no problems,’ lawmaker says

Vientiane Times, 25 April 2015.

A senior official at the National Assembly (NA) has asserted that the content of the draft National Land Policy has no problems, despite the fact it has been put on hold and has not been yet approved by the NA. The drafted policy, which stipulates reasonable compensation based on market prices whenever people’s lands are affected by investment projects, was submitted to the NA’s fifth ordinary session in July 2013 for debate. But it was not approved by the then session.

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).

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