Southern Laos LandscapeWith the largest intact forest cover in the Mekong, Laos has a unique opportunity to contribute to the global fight against climate change. This forest is nowhere more abundant than the southern provinces of Champassak, Attapeu, Sekong and Saravan. Here, WWF is working with key stakeholders to make sure sustainable forest and watershed areas provide food and livelihood practices to local communities, whilst ensuring forest cover is conserved for the benefit of all Lao people.
WWF also works closely with the government and communities in spectacular Siphandone, known in English as Four Thousand Islands. Here, we engage in the sustainable use of fisheries and natural aquatic resources, protecting vital fish stocks, improving livelihoods and safeguarding other river species such as the globally vulnerable Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris).
Xe Sap NPA
Sustainable fisheries are essential for the health of freshwater ecosystems, so to ensure this is maintained, WWF is involved in mapping habitat, establishing community aquatic resource management plans, participatory monitoring of fisheries, and biodiversity surveys of turtles, freshwater prawn, fish, and crocodiles.
Significant milestones have been reached in our rattan project too, as in 2011, Laos became the world’s first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified rattan producer. Achieving a more sustainable rattan production will ensure a future supply and prevent negative impacts on nature, communities and companies.
Nam Pouy NPA
Communities are also encouraged to adopt crop protection measures to avoid human-elephant conflict, which is another serious threat to elephants and people's livelihoods.
Eld's Deer Sanctuary
WWF supports villager-led patrolling of the sanctuary and provides development initiatives within local communities to incentivise sustainable livelihoods and to reduce threats to deer and its habitat.