Many local people rely on the forests for food, medicine, and building materials. For instance, in Nam Et-Phou Louey almost 30,000 people live in and around the NPA. The livelihood of these people is threatened by commercial hunting. Communities around NPAs must contribute to looking after the plants and animals in their village areas to help secure their own future. Already some village areas around Nam Kading National Protected Area are managed this way. Increasingly this is how protected areas and the communities which rely on them will be safeguarded and this is the approach supported by the government of Lao.
If you illegally buy wildlife in markets and restaurants, you are contributing to the extinction of wild animals in Lao and are contributing to poverty of rural communities that depend on managed species for their subsistence. What can you do to support poverty eradication and wildlife conservation in Lao PDR? Please follow the law: do not buy or sell wildlife!