National Pollution Control Strategy – Lao PDR (2015-2016)

As Lao PDR continues its impressive development trajectory, the need to strategically and systematically prevent and mitigate pollution becomes increasingly urgent. Trends such as population growth and urbanization, increased consumerism, agricultural intensification, and industrial expansion are among many drivers of pollution in the country. 

Despite legal provisions to minimize and manage pollution, there lacks an overarching law or effective legal and policy frameworks, and the roles and responsibilities of various ministries and agencies are neither clear nor sufficient. Information about current and projected pollution sources, intensity, impacts, and geographic spread is mostly lacking, as are monitoring and compliance systems. As a result, the country is unable to effectively manage pollution and has requested support to address this situation.  

In response, the GMS Core Environment Program is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s (MoNRE) Pollution Control Department (PCD) to develop a National Pollution Control Strategy for 2016-2025.

The strategy will be developed through a participatory process during 2016 and will include guidance on:

  • Institutional and technical capacity strengthening
  • Information needs
  • Policy interventions
  • Coordination mechanisms
  • Priority geographic areas (pollution hotspots)
  • Priority sectors and pollutants
  • Financing options
  • Supporting programs and project,
  • Relevant regional and global lessons and practice
  • Gender, social, and other cross-cutting considerations

This latest initiative builds on earlier CEP support to MONRE to identify capacity building needs for PCD as well as applying the Industrial Pollution Projection System.


Publish Date: 25th February 2016

Last Updated: 26th January 2017

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CEP Country mission: strategic planning, safeguards, and monitoring

12 to 13 September 2013
Event

As part of a round of planning missions to GMS countries, CEP held a scoping mission to Lao PDR to consult with stakeholders on the program’s Phase II strategic planning, safeguards, and monitoring activities. 

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A tourism SEA in the Golden Quadrangle (2011 to 2012)

1st June 2012
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