Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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Protecting a Global Public Good with Information and Innovation“Natural resource law enforcement is a global public good and not enough is being done in this area,” says William Magrath, Lead Natural... Show More + Resources Economist, The World Bank. “Many of the most damaging environmental crimes involve transnational activities, such as smuggling, where the effectiveness of the authorities in any one country is inherently limited. There are big gaps when it comes to financing, policy and capacity, which is why the environment sector in developing countries is more vulnerable to crime than other sectors and international cooperation is essential."The Bank actively identifies investment and policy reform needs so that it can help fill the gaps. Because there is little information on wildlife crimes and networks, the Bank is funding the ICCWC’s work to establish a mechanism for criminal intelligence. To address the lack of country data, the ICCWC’s analysis of wildlife law enforcement Show Less -
Bank Group ContributionOver the past decade, the Bank (IBRD/IDA) committed funding for US$33 billion, from which IDA’s contribution was US$7.7 billion (23 percent) to support investment in environment... Show More + and natural resource management (ENRM). By far, climate change has been the fastest growing ENRM area where the Bank is supporting client countries. Other areas that have significantly expanded in the last five years are environmental policy and institutions, and water resource management. As for the types of funding provided over the decade, development policy lending accounted for 30 percent and investment lending 70 percent of the Bank’s ENRM portfolio. The trend is in favor of development policy lending that increased to 33% of the ENRM portfolio in the last five years (FY09-13).In addition to funding ENRM projects directly, IDA has leveraged additional funds through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other agencies and organizations. Specifically, the GEF provides grants to ID Show Less -
IDA Credit: US $12.5 million equivalentTerms: Maturity = 40 years, Grace = 10 yearsIDA Grant: US $4.5 million equivalentGEF Grant: US $6.83 million equivalentProject ID: P128393 Project Description:... Show More + The objective of the project is to strengthen the management systems for national protected areas conservation and for enforcement of wildlife laws. Show Less -
OverviewThe Nam Theun 2 Watershed is comprised of the Nakai Nam Theun National Protected Area (NNT NPA) and two corridors adjacent to other protected areas. It is approximately 4000km2.NNT NPA is the largest... Show More + of Laos’ 23 National Protected Areas and is an important protected inland area in Asia that is marked for conservation.The government is supporting conservationThe NT2 Watershed has been recognized for its unique natural diversity and the government of Lao PDR is applying for the site to be given UNESCO World Heritage status. The Office of the Prime Minister created the Nam Theun 2 Watershed Management and Protection Authority (WMPA) to manage conservation efforts in the area. The Nam Theun 2 Power Company is supporting WMPA with funding (US$1 million annually for 25 years after commercial operations start) and technical management. In turn, the Nam Theun 2 Project has committed to financing the NT2 Watershed protection program for 30 years. Managing the Nakai Nam Theun Nation Show Less -
June 1, 2007—Lao PDR is bringing a watchful eye, backed up by new environmental funding and enforcement, to its rich and diverse but threatened natural resources.To protect its vast forests and many species... Show More + of exotic animals, the government has embarked on an ambitious program of environmental monitoring and management with help from the World Bank, other donors, civil society and NGO partners, and private developers.The newly published “Environment Monitor” describes a series of actions Lao has initiated to manage its resources sustainably. Lao PDR Country Director Ian C. Porter encouraged the Government and civil society to implement these actions to ensure the country “beats the resource curse.”“We are at a crucial point,” Porter said in a speech in Vientiane, the capital. “As it develops, Lao PDR [People’s Democratic Republic] has the opportunity to use its natural resources to spur economic growth in a sustainable way, ensuring environmental and social impacts are well Show Less -