How does the IUCN Lao PDR Country Office fit into the IUCN global structure?

IUCN Lao PDR falls under the IUCN Lower Mekong Country Group (CG1) of the Asia Regional Programme. The IUCN Asia Regional Office is one of 10 regional offices worldwide, supporting members in 19 countries in the region and the operations of 10 country programmes in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Thailand, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and China. The IUCN Asia Regional Office is headed by a Regional Director and guided by an Asia Regional Directorate consisting of IUCN representatives from countries across the region. In 2006, new management units named Country Groups (CG) were formed to support country programmes. These units, led by a Country Group Head, help facilitate synergies between country programmes, assist with programme development, donor and external relations, provide greater flexibility in the use of financial and human resources and are the legal representatives of IUCN within the country. The Asia Ecosystems and Livelihoods Groups (ELGs), formed in 2003, bring expertise in ecosystems and livelihoods issues, these being addressed in a comprehensive and holistic manner across country programmes. These two technical groups are based in Bangkok and Colombo and composed of the eight regional thematic programmes , biodiversity and species conservation, environmental economics, environmental law, forests, marine and coastal resources, mountains, protected areas and water and wetlands.

Additional support and expertise is provided by IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland and by IUCN's global network of six specialist commissions, including Species Survival Commission (SSC); World Commission on Protected Areas; Commission on Environmental Law (CEL); Commission on Education and Communication (CEC); Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM).

IUCN Lao PDR draws on the technical and institutional resources from its global network in order to provide the most complete and extensive services to its members and partners.

Is IUCN Lao PDR a non-governmental organisation?

No. IUCN Lao PDR is an international union made up of members. The Lao PDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs is IUCN's only member in Lao PDR.

Is IUCN Lao PDR a donor organisation?

No. IUCN Lao PDR is an implementing organization.

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