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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Now a US$ 213 billion industry, environment and natural resource crimes such as poaching, illegal logging and wildlife trafficking are growing every year and putting natural resources at risk. This is... Show More + not just a tragedy for people who love animals or care about the environment. When elephants are slaughtered for their ivory and trees are illegally logged, ecosystems break down. The world’s poorest often bear the brunt of the fallout. And that is where—and why—the World Bank comes into the picture.The Leading Financier in the Fight against Wildlife Crime"75% of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and rely on healthy ecosystems for food, shelter and livelihoods," says Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, The World Bank."The World Bank’s goals are to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in a sustainable manner, which is why we’re committed to fighting wildlife crime, and protecting the animals, plants and marine l Show Less -
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2013 – Today the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a grant from the International Development Association to support the Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest... Show More + Management (SUPSFM) Project. This project will build on progress achieved by the Government of Lao PDR in implementing participatory approaches to sustainable forest management. Lao PDR is developing its strategy and program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) to avoid the unnecessary loss of forests and increase carbon storage. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will implement this project in close partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Both agencies contribute to the Government of Lao's strategic vision to reduce emissions and conserve biodiversity in the nation’s forests, whilst simultaneously employing 75 percent of the Lao population in the forestry and agricultural sectors.“The financial support approved b 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 -