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Understanding LAOS: Environmental

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Laos.

At A Glance


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Lao PDR is one of the most bombed countries in the world, with dangerous unexploded ordnance still threatening lives and increasing the costs of development.

This video shows how with UNDP’s support, the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) has worked for 20 years to clear the bombs, make land safe, and educate people about the risks.

In this "The Amazon of Asia (2010)" video, it explores how the new dams pose a threat to the ecosystem and endangering several species.

Weighing up potential developments and damages, the Lao people face a tough dilemma: "I'm worried about the environment but I want our village to have electricity".


This section explores the environmental aspects in Laos.

Project Anoulak (‘conservation’ in Lao language) is a French-registered non-for-profit association dedicated to the long-term conservation and study of wildlife in their natural habitats in Lao PDR, in particular in the Nakai- Nam Theun National Protected Area (NNT NPA).

Find out more about what's Project Anoulak mission and vision on the biodiversity and ecosystems in Lao PDR.

As more forests are cut for timber, nature reserves are becoming ever more important for both elephants and the people of Laos. Now they are learning how to protect the forests while making a major contribution to protecting the climate.

Concerns over Dams

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from southern Laos. In this video, he finds out more about the controversial Don Sahong dam in Laos.

The communist government says it needs the project to improve its economy. But many who rely on the river argue that not enough research has been done to protect the environment. 

Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Viraphonh Viravong shares his views on the controversial project. Environmentalists fear it will threaten fisheries and communities. However, the Lao government says these concerns are exaggerated. Find out more in this video.

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