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 -
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 -