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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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 -
February 24, 2009 — Imagine what life would be like if you had no electricity! Millions of people in developing countries don’t have access to electricity. This situation has improved dramatically in Laos... Show More + as the rate of electrification has been growing rapidly from around 15% in 1995 to about 60% as of October 2008.Extending the electricity grid to the poorProviding electricity to 90% of households nation-wide by 2020 is one of the Government of Laos’ (GOLs) aims as part of poverty reduction in the country. Despite the growing rate of electrification, connection rates have begun to fall short of targets as the network expands to rural and marginalized areas of the country where initial connection costs becomes a burden to many—foremost the women-headed households. These households—unable to mobilize money for the connection cost—may be left without access to electricity even though the grid is passing right through their village.Launching of P2P in the first 29 households of Mounlapamo Show Less -