We support that vision through protection and improved management of biodiversity values by building the capacity of government and local stakeholders, improving management of wildlife and wild places through community engagement, and combatting illegal wildlife trade.
The WCS Lao PDR Program is focusing its efforts on protecting one of the world’s most important areas for biodiversity, the Greater Northern Annamites (GNA), as well as wetlands close to the Mekong River. We achieve this through our work co-managing protected areas in three key landscapes.
WCS uses science-based disease research and surveillance to counter traditional beliefs on the consumption of wildlife, and works with the Government of Lao PDR to stop illegal wildlife trade occurring both within and across borders.
WCS Lao PDR works wholistically to conserve the country's rich fauna.
WCS works in key landscapes to conserve and manage forest resources and biodiversity in support of improving local livelihoods sustainably.
As of 1 January 2019, Dr. Santi Saypanya (Joy) formally succeeded· Dr. Christopher Holmes as Country Director of the WCS Lao PDR Program.