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PROJECT TITLE

Sustainable Forest Management in Northern Provinces of Lao PDR [2014P1-ASEM]

EXECUTING AGENCY

Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

SUPERVISORY AGENCY

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR

DURATION

60 months, August 2014 –July 2019

GOAL

To explore and demonstrate innovative approaches on forest restoration and rehabilitation for promoting sustainable forest management in northern part of Lao PDR.

OBJECTIVES

  • To explore, test and demonstrate effective approaches on forest restoration and forest management and responding mechanism to generate sustainable flow of benefit to closely related stakeholders.
  • To strengthen forest law enforcement and promote cooperation on trans-boundary biodiversity conservation.
  • To share information and knowledge of best practices on forest restoration and rehabilitation.

ACTVITIES

  • Develop strategic forest land use plan at 3 pilot districts, a participatory land use plan at 3 pilot villages and formulate a manual on forest land use planning.
  • Demonstrate forest restoration and rehabilitation at selected plots.
  • Assess sustainability of restored and rehabilitated forest ecosystem.
  • Develop NTFPs management plan for pilot villages to demonstrate selected NTFPs management.
  • Develop benefit sharing mechanism among stakeholders based on NTFPs management practice.
  • Develop forest law enforcement strategy and establish efficient mechanisms on information sharing and communication in forestry inspection within Laos and with neighbor economies through equip two selected check points.
  • Establish the forest fire monitoring system along the border.
  • Strengthen the biodiversity conservation through establish information-sharing system on trans-boundary biodiversity conservation.
  • Conduct training for Forestry and Forestry Inspection Departments staff and local communities.
  • Disseminate the project through documentation and publicity of project experiences, participation in conferences or training workshops related to community forestry, forest restoration and rehabilitation.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  • Development of forest land use plan at district and village levels.
  • Demonstration of the best practices and approaches for forest restoration and rehabilitation.
  • Improvement of forest inspection system.
  • Enhancement of cooperation on trans-boundary biodiversity conservation.
  • Improvement of capacity for forest staff and communities.
  • Dissemination of best practices and lessons learned.