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Procession of elephants and mahouts for elephant baci, Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Champasak

Conclusion of Mekong Water Dialogues project marked with release of Mahout documentary

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 April 2015 – IUCN Lao PDR today marked the conclusion of the Mekong Water Dialogues project with the release of a documentary film, “Mahouts of Southern Lao: On the Red List”, on IUCN’s Mekong Water Dialogues project website (iucn.org/asia/mekong_dialogues) and IUCN Lao PDR’s Youtube page. The objective of the film is to promote awareness about the long-standing traditions, such as the domestication and riding of elephants, of Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province.  | Lao

27 Apr 2015 | News story

Participants from Beung Kiat Ngong and Xe Champhone Ramsar sites discuss ways to improve tourism and rice cultivation.

Communities from Southern Lao PDR share experiences on Ramsar site management

Community members from Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site in Champasak province recently participated in a study tour in Xe Champhone Ramsar site in Savannakhet province. Held from 10-12 December 2014, the objective of the study tour, which is one of the closing activities of the four-year long Mekong Water Dialogues projects, was for communities to share experiences on Ramsar governance and promote the Ramsar Convention principle on the wise use of wetlands.  

28 Dec 2014 | News story

12A-024-043 Siamese crocodile in soft release pen Ta Chhay Jan 2014 - Jeremy Holden, SOS- Save Our Species

Twenty young Siamese crocs get a head start in life

According to SOS grantee Jackson Frechette, the recent release into the wild of twenty juvenile Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) represents a significant step forward for the species in Cambodia.
 

25 Nov 2014 | News story

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

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

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

Sekong River, Lao PDR

Water and energy challenges: Diverse perspectives for a way forward

4 April 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Different sectors  can  work together to create policy that seeks to effectively conserve our natural resources, while simultaneously addressing the demands of a growing population in a rapidly developing country.  

04 Apr 2014 | News story

A pupil from Ban Kengkok Dong Primary School talks about her World Wetlands Day illustration in Champhone district

Celebrating World Wetlands Day in Lao PDR

11 February 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Government representatives, teachers, students and members of local communities came together in Champassak and Savannakhet provinces. 

12 Feb 2014 | News story

Participants of the Nam Lik Workshop

Consultation Workshop on Logical Framework approach of the Nam Lik River Basin Management Plan

The Water Resources Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, through the Vientiane Provincial Natural Resources and Department Division 

27 Nov 2013 | News story

Jane Lawton, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia

Blog: Talk of rivers and flooded forests

By Jane Lawton, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia. The word ‘dialogue’ may be somewhat overused in our development lexicon, but the recent meeting of the Mekong Water Dialogues I attended in Siem Reap, Cambodia provided a powerful example of what we really mean by effective dialogue in action. …  

25 Nov 2013 | News story

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