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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WASHINGTON D.C., April 29, 2015 – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved additional funding of US$15 million from the International Development Association for Lao PDR’s Second... Show More + Lao Environment and Social Project (LENS2), previously called the Protected Area and Wildlife (PAW) project. This US$15 million in additional funding supplements the US$23.7 million already provided in April 2014. The LENS2 project aims to strengthen overall government capacity in environmental assessment management, while continuing to improve the management of National Protected Areas and reduce the trade in illegal wildlife in eight provinces.“Further improving environmental protection is a priority for Laos,” said Sally Burningham, the World Bank’s Country Manager for Lao PDR. “We are very pleased to support efforts to strengthen the country’s environmental protection management systems.”Under LENS2, government departments or agencies and local non-profit associations are enc Show Less -
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 -
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 -