The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Laos) has agreed to launch the 6th phase of the Sustainable Rattan and Bamboo Production and Harvesting Project in thirty villages, nine districts of Borikhamxay, Xekong and Saravan provinces.
A Memorandum of Understanding on the WWF-Laos support was signed in Vientiane on Apr 26 between Deputy Director of the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) Chansamon Phongoudom, and WWF-Laos Country Director Loris Palentini in the presence of representatives from beneficiary provinces – and relevant officials.
The project aims to strengthen and expand sustainable management of natural forest areas in target communities through supporting the development and implementation of sustainable forest management plans.
The project also promotes sustainability and legality of supply chain of rattan and bamboo and market linkages as well as supporting sustainable and climate resilient livelihoods through improved forest management and by improving production skills on rattan and bamboo products, according to WWF-Laos Country Director Loris Palentini.
“This project will be implemented in seven villages in Khamkeuth and Bolikhan of Borikhamxay Province, four villages in Lamam district and three villages in Thateng district of Xekong Province, three villages in Ta-oy district and four villages in Samuoy district and two villages in Nakhonpheng, Saravan Province,” said Mr Chansamon Phongoudom.
Source: Lao News Agency