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Lao PDR

Overview – Six Key Points

  • Poverty Alleviation and Land Use planning and allocation
  • Community participatory in Forest Management (PFM)
  • Stakeholder Collaborative Forest Management (CFM)
  • Community Based Forest Management for Eco-tourism
  • Traditional Forest Management System
  • Smallholder Plantation and Industrial Plantation 

Social Forestry Policies

  • Council of Ministries Decree No.117 (1989)
  • Prime Ministers Decree No. 169 (1993)
  • Prime Ministers Decree No. 186 (1994)
  • Forest Law (1996, modify 2007)
  • Forest Strategy 2020

 Priorities regarding to Social Forestry in Lao PDR

  • Agroforestry Development
  • Local People Livelihood Improvement
  • Village Forestry and Sustainable Utilization of NTFPs
  • Policy of Land Used Planning and Land Allocation
  • Linkages/Networking
  • Capacity Building
  • Designing of Social Forestry to addressing Climate Change
  • Land Rights Issues

 National Policy Addressing Climate Change

  • Establishment of the National Climate Change Committee by Vice Prime Minister (chairman), eight Ministries and two Departments (DOE, DOF Secretariat), seven Working Groups on research for the land used and forestry focus to REDD (Reduce Emission from Degradation forest and Deforestation)
  • Forest Regeneration Projects and Activities Contribute to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

Social Forestry Role in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption

  • Development of Agroforestry Models and Tree Plantation
  • Forest Protection and Forest Regeneration
  • Reducing in burning
  • National Conservation and Environment Awareness
  • Environmental impact Assessment and Monitoring
  • Stakeholder Networking and Partnership

Role of Social Forestry in Contributing to Food Security and Addressing Climate Change 

  • Major part of Food Security and Climate Change
  • It is an Integrated approached such as Biophysical, Social, Cultural, Political, Conservation, Economical, etc.

Key Activities regarding to Social Forestry in Lao PDR

1. Sustainable Forest Resources Management

  • Protection Forest Management
  • National Biodiversity Conservation Areas
  • Production Forest Management
  • Forest Rehabilitation
  • Water Resources Management

2. Community Development and Networking

  • Village Capacity Building
  • Stakeholder Networking/Linkage

3. Livelihood/Life Quality Improvement

  • Market and Rural Development

Next Steps

  • Policy enhancement to adopt Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Formulate of Climate Change strategies and Plan of Action
  • Integrated Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Forest Management
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Human Resources Development not only from government itself but also for local authorities as well as people
  • Management Plan for Social Forestry
  • Sustainable Financing Mechanism
  • Benefit Sharing