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Mrs. Leun, Spirit master of Ban Kengkok village lighting a chilli cigar, which she will use to call forth spirits.

IUCN Releases New Documentary “Sacred Natural sites in the Xe Champhone Ramsar site, Lao PDR: The spirit of conservation.”

IUCN’s research into rights-based approaches (RBAs) to reduce poverty and benefit conservation has been focused on the development of tools to better inform conservation strategies. In order to gain further experience on RBAs, IUCN Lao PDR with support from the IUCN Environmental Law Centre focused on undertaking a situation analysis – in the Xe Champhone Ramsar Site in central Lao PDR, Savannakhet province. It examined the under-researched issue of customary law governing natural resources, including the relationship of customary law and statutory law. 

31 Oct 2014 | News story

Community members participating in surveys on Probarbus fish in northern Lao PDR.

Documenting community engagement for Probarbus protection in Lao PDR

With funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), IUCN awarded a small grant to FISHBIO – a dedicated group of fisheries monitoring and research experts, whose work concerns fish and wildlife throughout the world. FISHBIO produced an interesting and informative video documenting their wider approach, as well as ongoing and planned work, for their CEFP-supported project in Lao PDR. The objective of this project is to empower local communities to engage in conservation and management of a key biodiversity area in Lao PDR along the stretch of the Mekong River between Louangphabang and Vientiane.  …  

03 Oct 2014 | Article

IUCN Lao PDR Country Programme Office

Opening ceremony for IUCN Lao new programme office sets agenda

Vientiane, Lao PDR: The new country programme office for IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, was unveiled in a ceremony on 9 September 2014 at the IUCN office in Ban Sibounheuang. The event served to celebrate the achievements of IUCN’s 22-year presence in Lao PDR, to promote IUCN’s current projects and partnerships.and to outline the future for the IUCN country programme. 

10 Sep 2014 | News story

11A-14-06, Kae Kawanishi MYCAT, SOS Save Our Species, MYCAT, Tigers

World Tiger Day - New hope despite the numbers?

It is a curious thing that there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild right now as we mark World Tiger Day. According to estimates as few as 3000 roam the wilds of the 13 tiger range countries of Asia. That’s a big area and a very low number. In fact we have lost 97% of all wild tigers in a little more than 100 years.   …  

29 Jul 2014 | News story

Pangolin scales for sale in Asia

Eating pangolins to extinction

The enigmatic pangolin, or scaly anteater, is literally being eaten out of existence according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which shows that all eight species are now threatened with extinction. …  

29 Jul 2014 | International news release

Flood in Thailand, 2008

Finding balance benefits society, nature

Water management specialists talk about millions of cubic metres of water. I find it incredibly difficult to visualise these numbers in a way that feels "real" to me. So I started imagining a simple picture — a swimming pool. …  

24 Jul 2014 | News story

With an estimated commercial value exceeding US$2 billion per year, the Mekong is the world’s most valuable inland fishery

Viet Nam ratified 1997 UN Watercourses Convention

In February 2013, Jake Brunner and Robert Mather published an opinion piece in the Bangkok Post entitled “After Xayaburi, It's time for some hydrodiplomacy". Amongst other issue this identified gaps in the existing legal instruments and policy mechanisms available to Mekong countries in effectively and equitably addressing issues of trans-boundary resource management in general and in particularly in the case of the Mekong River itself. …  

30 Jun 2014 | Article

The only live adult Saola ever seen by the outside world. This female was captured in 1996 in Laos by local villagers, and transferred to a nearby menagerie, but survived only a few weeks. Copyright 1996 by W. Robichaud/WCS.

New Funding to Tackle Biodiversity Crisis in Indo-Burma Hotspot - Small grants invest in the capacity of civil society to protect rare species

Bangkok, Thailand: A new portfolio of grants to protect the highly threatened biodiversity of the Indo-Burma region was announced today by IUCN and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) to mark International Biodiversity Day on May 22, 2014. …  

27 May 2014 | International news release

Peter W Crawford

New staff: Peter W. Crawford, Chief Technical Advisor, EU Global Climate Change Alliance, IUCN Lao PDR

IUCN welcomes Mr. Peter W. Crawford has joined IUCN as the Chief Technical Advisor, EU Global Climate Change Alliance, IUCN Lao PDR with effect from 01 April 2014. Mr. Crawford will be based at the IUCN Lao Country Programme Office, in Vientiane, Lao PDR. …  

20 May 2014 | Article

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