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Wildlife Conservation Society

Mission Statement

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

Programme Description

WCS began working in Lao PDR in 1980’s surveying wildlife and habitats around the country to assist the government to create Lao PDR’s national protected area system. In the early 1990’s, WCS documented wildlife and habitats in many of the nearly created national protected areas and began supporting the government to train protected area managers, as well as raise awareness about illegal wildlife trade. Over the past decade, WCS has focused its efforts on working in protected areas in the Greater Northern Annamites.

WCS Lao PDR is committed to working in the Greater Northern Annamites of Lao PDR because the area is home to unique wild habitats and endemic species, supports the livelihoods of several million people, and is increasingly threatened by human-induced processes.  WCS Lao PDR’s vision for the Greater Northern Annamites of Lao PDR is that its unique ecosystems thrive indefinitely and are valued by the people of Lao PDR and the world for their biodiversity, natural beauty, and services provided to humanity.

 As of December 2013 the WCS implements six projects in partnership with government and local communities.  All project directly relate to our global and country specific missions. These projects center on improving biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, scientific research, improved local governance, wildlife and human health, and illegal wildlife trade.   

Contact Details

Address: Vientiane, Lao PDR
Telephone: +856 21215400
Fax: N/A
Contact Person: ,
Other Contact: Christopher Holmes, Acting Director

General Information

Number of Local Staff: 1->5
Number of Expatriate Staff: 1->5
Average Annual Budget: 0 USD
In Lao PDR Since: 1993
Country of Origin:


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Projects and Sector of Activities

Title Description Provinces/Districts Sectors/Sub-sectors
Ground Enforcement and Patrolling in Bolikhamxay Province

Start Date: Jun 1st 2013
- Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
Integrated Ecosystem and Wildlife Management Project (IEWMP)

Start Date: Jan 1st 2005
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Education - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area Management and Tiger Conservation Project

Start Date: Jan 1st 2010
Luang Prabang
- Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries - Community Development - Human Resources Development - Income Generation & Economic Development - Natural Resources & Ecology
Wildlife Emerging Infectious Disease Research and Surveillance Project

Start Date: Aug 1st 2013
National Level
- Data Collection & Analysis - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Natural Resources & Ecology