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World Wide Fund For Nature

Mission Statement

WWF's Mission 

WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biodiversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

WWF-Laos is part of the WWF-Greater Mekong, which works on environmental issues across Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

We are building on our achievements to implement a strategy that focuses on sustainable biodiversity and natural resource management – working to gain a long-term economic return for all Lao people, while conserving the biodiversity that makes this part of the world so special.

Programme Description

In strategic plan (2016-2020), WWF-Laos will focus on protecting forest, freshwater and wildlife, which will not only be a critical contribution to WWF’s global conservation goals, but also helps reduce poverty by sustainable natural resource management.

Core to this is the ‘landscape approach’ to conservation. This approach seeks to reconcile conservation and development through interventions in different components of the landscape, some of which are managed towards livelihoods and development goals and others for conservation.

WWF has identified two priority landscapes to focus on. These are the Central Annamites Landscape (shared with WWF-Vietnam), and the Mekong Flooded Forests Landscape (shared with WWF-Cambodia).

We will also build upon previous activities in three priority sites. In the northwest of the country, Nam Pouy Priority Site encompasses one of the most significant National Biodiversity Conservation Areas in the country, a place of critical importance for conservation of the Asian elephant. The Central Laos Priority Site is where rattan Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and Community Fisheries were successfully piloted.

The Savannakhet Priority Site is home to the endangered Eld’s deer and is located within the lower Mekong dry forests where spatial land use planning and participatory conservation approaches have been introduced.

To deliver impactful and sustainable conservation outcomes, we will foster positive relationships with government, business, civil society organisations, communities and individuals, while strengthening and empowering these actors in their decision-making processes.

WWF-Laos will also focus on ensuring livelihood security for communities that live in and around our priority sites and landscapes, which will help reduce pressure on natural resources.


Contact Details

Address: House no. 39, Saylom Village, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR P.O Box 7871
Telephone: +856 +856 21 216080
Fax: +856 +856 21 251883
Email: laos@wwfgreatermekong.org
Website: http://www.wwflaos.org/
Contact Person: Somphone Bouasavanh, Country Director
Other Contact: Khamseng HOMDOUANGXAY, Conservation Programme Coordinator

General Information

Number of Local Staff: 31->50
Number of Expatriate Staff: 6->10
Average Annual Budget: 0 USD
In Lao PDR Since: 1980
Country of Origin: Gland, Switzerland


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Branches

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Networks

WWF International WWF (www.wwf.org)


Partners

Department of Agriculture, MOAF (DOA)
Department of Forestry, MOAF (MOAF-DOF)
Department of Forestry, MOAF (MOAF-DOF)
Department of Forestry, MOAF (MOAF-DOF)
Department of Livestock and Fisheries, MOAF (MOAF-DOLF)
Department of Livestock and Fisheries, MOAF (MOAF-DOLF)
Department of Livestock and Fisheries, MOAF (MOAF-DOLF)
Department of Livestock and Fisheries, MOAF (MOAF-DOLF)
District Agriculture and Forestry Offices (DAFO)
District Agriculture and Forestry Offices (DAFO)
District Agriculture and Forestry Offices (DAFO)
District Agriculture and Forestry Offices (DAFO)
District Agriculture and Forestry Offices (DAFO)
Forestry Research Centre, MOAF (MOAF-FRC)
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MOAF)
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI)
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI)
National Tourism Authority of Lao PDR (LNTA)
National University of Lao (NUoL)
Participatory Development Training Centre (PADETC)
Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office (PAFO)
Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office (PAFO)
Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office (PAFO)
Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office (PAFO)
Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office (PAFO)
Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office (PAFO)
Provincial Agricultural and Forestry Office (PAFO)
Provincial Department of Education
Provincial Tourism Offices
Vientiane Municipality Science Technology Environment Office


Projects and Sector of Activities

Title Description Provinces/Districts Sectors/Sub-sectors
Aquatic Resources Management to Improve Rural Livlihoods in the Xe Kong Basin

Start Date: Nov 1st 2005
The Project goal is to cooperate with local government authorities on poverty eradication through a participatory approach to basin-wide aquatic ...
Attapeu
Sekong
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology - Social Development
Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Initiative - Xe Pian - Dong Hua Sao, Champasak & Attapeu Provinces

Start Date: Sep 21st 2006
As part of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Initiative (BCI) currently being facilitated by the Asian ...
Attapeu
Champasack
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Data Collection & Analysis - Education - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Income Generation & Economic Development - Natural Resources & Ecology - Social Development
ComFish - Community Fisheries Supporting Food Security and Aquatic Biodiversity

Start Date: Apr 30th 2005
The aim of the ComFish project is to improve the conservation of aquatic biodiversity and the management of capture fisheries in support of the ...
Bolikhamxay
Khammouane
Savannakhet
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Data Collection & Analysis - Education - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology - Social Development
Conservation and Management for Sustainable Use of the Huay Ko Watershed in the Upper Sekong River Catchments, Sekong Province

Start Date: Jun 15th 2003
Conservation and Management for Sustainable Use of the Huay Ko Watershed in the Upper Sekong River Catchments, Sekong Province is the revised name ...
Sekong
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Education - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
Dolphin Conservation at the TransBoundary Pool, Lao PDR

Start Date: Feb 25th 2008
WWF Laos is currently developing a new dolphin conservation project along the Mekong River, in the Siphandone region of Champassak Province. The ...
Champasack
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Data Collection & Analysis - Education - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
Environmental Guidelines for NGO's in Lao PDR

Start Date: Mar 1st 2007
WWF?has worked?closely with Concern to develop a set of Environmental Guidelines that will assist development organisations, to incorporate ...
National Level
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Education - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
Human Elephant Conflict

Start Date: Feb 1st 2005
Attapeu
Champasack
Saravan
Sekong
- Education - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
PADETC & WWF Laos - Water and Wetlands Awareness in Schools

Start Date: Jan 10th 2007
This project aims to provide school students with a better understanding of the environment and nature around them by making learning more relevant ...
Vientiane
Pilot Green Club Activities in Southern Lao PDR

Start Date: Dec 1st 2007
The aim of this project is to pilot training and organisation of teachers in rural areas in Environmental Education (EE)activities. The project is ...
Champasack
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Data Collection & Analysis - Education - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
Sustainable Rattan Harvest and Production

Start Date: Sep 14th 2006
Sustainable Rattan Harvest and Production in Lao PDR is a two phase project in partnership with local communities, Lao PDRs National Agriculture and ...
Bolikhamxay
Vientiane
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Data Collection & Analysis - Education - Human Resources Development - Income Generation & Economic Development - Natural Resources & Ecology - Social Development
Transboundary Conservation of the Critically Endangered Mekong Giant Catfish

Start Date: Jan 1st 2008
One River, One Fishery, Two Countries& This programme of activities is an extension of the workplan of the ComFish project to support government ...
Bokeo
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Data Collection & Analysis - Education - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology - Social Development
Wastewater Treatment Through Effective Wetland Restoration of That Luang Marsh

Start Date: Aug 1st 2007
The project is examining the issue of wastewater management within the city of Vientiane Capital and the feasibility of creating a constructed ...
Vientiane Municipality
- Community Development - Data Collection & Analysis - Natural Resources & Ecology
Xe Pian Ecotourism Project

Start Date: Jan 1st 2007
Project Description: The Xe Pian Ecotourism Project aims to develop nature tourism/ecotourism in Xe Pian NPA to generate income for both local ...
Champasack
- Community Development - Data Collection & Analysis - Education - Human Resources Development - Income Generation & Economic Development - Natural Resources & Ecology - Social Development