National Pollution Control Strategy – Lao PDR (2015-2018)

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 worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s (MoNRE) Pollution Control Department (PCD) to develop the National Pollution Control Strategy and Action Plan 2018-2025, with Vision to 2030.

The strategy was developed through a participatory process that began in 2016 and built on earlier CEP support to identify capacity building needs for PCD and to apply the Industrial Pollution Projection System, which provided important insights into the current pollution situation.

The draft strategy can be downloaded below.



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Laos​-Pollution​-Strategy​-Plan​-2018​-2025​-draft.pdf 1 MB 16-07-2018

Publish Date: 24th February 2016

Last Updated: 16th July 2018

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