In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), a steady fragmentation of forest ecosystems and a decline in the average growing stock within the residual forest have reduced carbon stocks and impacted biodiversity and forest dependent people. Lao PDR is working to overcome these challenges.
Source: World Bank
Lao PDR is using FIP resources to enhance its ability to overcome barriers that have hindered progress on the sustainable management and protection of forest landscapes. Its FIP investment plan for $30 million in grants and low-interest loans aims to complement ongoing REDD+ initiatives.
This includes strengthening legal and regulatory frameworks. The FIP is also supporting participatory forest management and sustainable environmental services at all levels (national, provincial, district), both in and out of designated state forest areas.
Main causes of deforestation and forest degradation include fire, unsustainable wood extraction, pioneering shifting cultivation, agricultural expansion, industrial tree plantation, mining, hydropower, infrastructure development, and urban expansion
|NAME||FUND||FUNDING (USD MILLION)||COFINANCING (USD MILLION)||MDB|
|Protecting Forests for Sustainable Ecosystem Services||FUNDForest Investment Program||COFINANCING (USD MILLION) 12.84||FUNDING (USD MILLION) 20.51||MDBADB|
|Scaling-up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management||FUNDForest Investment Program||COFINANCING (USD MILLION) 12.83||FUNDING (USD MILLION) 26.56||MDBIBRD|
|Smallholder Forestry Program||FUNDForest Investment Program||COFINANCING (USD MILLION) 3.00||FUNDING (USD MILLION) 0.46||MDBIFC|
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