Savannakhet Landscape


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Lao PDR adopts the Protected Areas new decree to safeguard and restore biodiversity

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(June 21, 2023) After three years in the making, the Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Sonexay Siphandone adopted the new decree on protected areas in Laos on 20 June 2023, marking a major milestone for better management and governance of these biodiversity-rich zones. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) worked hand in hand with the Lao government, protected area practitioners and key stakeholders to strengthen this important national legislation, within the framework of the ‘Ecosystem Conservation through Int...

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Approval of the Xe Champhone Ramsar Management Plan and Field Visit to Xe Champhone Ramsar Wetlands

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(April 12, 2023) On Monday April 10th, 2023, the Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held the meeting on Approval of the Xe Champhone Ramsar Management Plan under the co-chairmanship of Mr. Chanthaneth Boualapha, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Mrs. Lingkham Sengtavanh, Vice Governor of Savannakhet Province with relevant participants from local level and INGOs including Provincial of Natural Resources and Environment; Provincial of Agriculture and F...

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Savannakhet Government officials walk to celebrate World Wetlands’ Day

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(February 12, 2023) Wetlands support biodiversity stability and growth, but did you know that 35% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared in the past 50 years? This is a trend that must be reversed. Wetland restoration has a dramatic impact on our globe and benefits us in multiple ways including reviving biodiversity, improving water supplies, storing carbon, reducing extreme weather, improves livelihoods, boosts eco-tourism, and enhances well-being. World Wetlands Day takes place globally every February ...

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Ecosystem Conservation through Integrated Landscape Management in Lao PDR (ECILL) 2nd Steering Committee

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(January 13, 2023) On January 13th 2022, 36 representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Union (EU) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) gathered to review the achievements and challenges met by the Ecosystem Conservation through Integrated Landscape Management in Lao PDR (ECILL). “WCS has been working in Laos since the 1980s when they first helped our government survey biodiversi...

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Siamese Crocodile conservation milestone achieved at the Xe Champhone Ramsar Wetland Complex

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(June 17, 2022) Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, together with their government partners and members of the Ban Natay Village Conservation Team conducted field biodiversity monitoring and collected eggs from the nest of a Siamese crocodile in the Greater Xe Champhone Wetlands in Savannakhet Province. Siamese crocodiles are critically endangered, with less than 1,000 individuals in the wild. In natural populations far less than 5% of eggs laid will be able to survive to adulthood. By collecting...

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Savannakhet Program begins participatory data collection and mapping as foundation for network of community-level conservation and resource planning across Greater Xe Champhone Wetlands Complex

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(September 18, 2020) A foundational element of WCS Lao PDR’s Savannakhet Landscape program is supporting communities in the Xe Champhone wetlands to develop land and resource-use plans that improve local livelihoods and biodiversity conservation. This landscape holds Lao PDR’s largest seasonal wetland complex with annual patterns of flooding that support an abundance of aquatic biodiversity. The ecosystem’s productive fisheries are relied upon by more than 30 communities, as well as one of the worl...

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Nineteen Baby Siamese Crocodiles Released in Lao PDR by WCS and Partners

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Nineteen Baby Siamese Crocodiles Released in Lao PDR by WCS and Partners
(February 12, 2013) Fewer than 250 of the critically endangered crocs remain in the wild Release is a collaboration of WCS, Government of Lao PDR, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,  Minmetals Resources Limited, Lao Zoo,  and local communities THAN SOUM, LAO PDR (February 21, 2012) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today the successful release of 19 critically endangered baby Siamese crocodiles into a local wetland in Lao PDR, where they will be repatriated into ...

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WCS Helps Hatch Rare Siamese Crocodiles in Lao PDR

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WCS Helps Hatch Rare Siamese Crocodiles in Lao PDR
(August 30, 2011) New program focuses on saving Critically Endangered reptile and its wetland habitat NEW YORK (August 30, 2011)—Working with the government of Lao PDR, the Wildlife Conservation Society has helped to successfully hatch a clutch of 20 Siamese crocodiles, a species threatened across its range by hunting, habitat fragmentation and loss, and other factors. Hatched from eggs taken from the wild and incubated at the Laos Zoo, the baby crocodiles represent a success for a new program that work...

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