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

*MONRE: 10 projects to be cancelled*

Vientiane Times, 24 Oct 2014

Officials are now considering cancelling contracts on 10 projects due to failure in following national resource and environmental regulations.

The Ministry of National Resources and Environment (MONRE) told the media at a government meeting press conference yesterday that after inspecting various projects relating to their jurisdiction, the department found 10 projects were breaking regulations and the law. As a result, the ministry forwarded this information to the Ministry of Planning and Investment in order to cancel the contracts.
Deputy Minister of the National Resource and Environment Ms Bounkham Vorachit said they cooperated with other involved ministries to investigate various projects in provinces across the country.

Progress on Food and Nutrition Security action plan reviewed in Saravane consultations

UNDP, 16 Sep 2014

Saravane 16th September 2014 - Food and Nutrition Security, among other off-track Millennium Development Goals, continued to be on top of the discussion agenda at this year’s provincial Round Table consultation meeting, held in Saravane from 15th to 17th of September.

More than 100 Government officials and development partners took part in the meeting to review the progress made since last year’s consultations in Luang Namtha, which resulted in the development of a multisectoral food and nutrition security action plan to address malnutrition in the country. The provincial consultation is a part of the Round Table Process and a key milestone leading up to the annual Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM).

Land demand in Vientiane decreases

Vientiane Times, 27 Sep 2014

Land buying and selling in Vientiane this year is less popular than before as the economy is slowing down and land prices are high. At this time of year many would-be sellers are talking to friends and others they meet telling them they have some land for sale but they usually get no buyer interest.

A parcel of land advertised for sale in Vientiane. A few years ago all you had to do was mention that you had some land for sale and potential buyers would line up immediately. You might also see bargain hunters travelling to villages to ask the local residents if they had land they wanted to sell.

Illegal gold mining in Xieng Khuang ends

Vientiane Times, 26 Sept 2014

Unlicensed gold mining in Xieng Khuang province has come to a halt after the authorities set up measures to control this illegal activity. The controllers have done a good job in stopping the illicit gold digging in the area, Deputy Governor Mr Khamphien Sinounthong told local media in Vientiane during a meeting between the government cabinet, Vientiane mayor and provincial governors, which ran from Monday to Wednesday. Six years ago there were many groups of illegal miners working the streams, rivers, forests and mountain areas, digging up the ground and extracting the occasional nugget. It did great damage to the environment when these people poured in because the illegal work they were doing created heavily polluted water resources in the area and destroyed forests.

Complaint launched after land grabbing Vietnam Rubber Group certified ‘OK’

Global Witness, 10 September 2014

PM orders a halt to alabaster projects in Attapeu

Vientiane Times, 8 Sept 2014

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has issued an order to halt the feasibility studies for alabaster on Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province, an official in charge of the project confirmed on Friday. The PM’s order comes after the provincial authorities signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with 48 companies to conduct project surveys on the stone resource before the excavation process can take place.

More companies join rush for alabaster in Attapeu

Vientiane Times, 5 September 2014

Attapeu Provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment estimates that there is about 250,000 tonnes of alabaster which can be easily quarried on Phoukanghong Mountain, about 60km from the provincial capital. Officials from the department estimate that there is alabaster readily available on the surface of the land on an area of 1020 hectares on the mountain. However there may be more alabaster available on Phoukanghong Mountain, which is some 7,800 hectares in size. The question is how far beneath the surface it is and whether it is viable to extract.

Attapeu province rife with illegal logging

Vientiane Times, 4 September 2014

Almost 180,000 cubic metres of timbers, including many illegal logs were excavated in Attapeu province in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a report from the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Of the total figures, more than 7,000 cubic metres were confiscated from illegal activities, sparking concerns about widespread illegal logging in the province.

Officials said this is just the figure authorities had seized but the real figure could be considerably more. The department director Mr Vixay Saysengchan said authorities had seized 47 vehicles carrying over 4,000 cubic metres of illegal logs in the province for 2013-14.

Foreign investors unable to buy land, despite legal right

Vientiane Times, 4 September 2014

Foreign business operators are still unable to buy small plots of land in Laos despite being entitled to do so under the new Investment Promotion Law. Members of the overseas business community told Vientiane Times they could not buy land in Vientiane on which to build offices or a house, even though the Investment Promotion Law, which was revised five years ago, states they can do this.

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