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March 22, 2019

Joint Press Statement of the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade

1. We, the Ministers responsible for CITES and Wildlife Enforcement, hereby convey our Statement on Illegal Wildlife Trade in the occasion of the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade on 21-22 March 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, under the chairmanship of H.E. General Surasak Ka...

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January 28, 2019

Laos reaffirms commitment to wildlife law enforcement

Laos has vowed to continue cooperation with international partners in addressing challenges in wildlife law enforcement, with the country still at risk of illegal trading.Deputy Director of the Department of Forest Inspection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ms Louamkham Sengchanoudom...

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January 11, 2019

Illegal Ivory Seized In Raid On Luang Prabang Shop

More than 73 kilograms of ivory products were confiscated from a souvenir shop in Luang Prabang province recently and the foreign owner detained for suspected trading in elephant ivory.The Forest Inspection Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in collaboration with the Lao Wildlife Enfo...

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October 12, 2018

IWT Conference 2018: Declaration commits over 50 countries to action for endangered species

Over 50 countries have adopted the London 2018 declaration committing to action to protect endangered species around the globe, with more expected to sign today and in the coming days.On top of the high-level international agreement, a number of countries will also pledge individual commit...

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September 19, 2018

Vietnamese businessman arrested over suspected ivory trade

Vietnamese businessman suspected of trafficking and trading in elephant ivory was recently arrested in Vientiane, police officers said.Police raided a wood and furniture workshop owned by the businessman in Xaysettha district of Vientiane and found ivory products, elephant skins and products resembl...

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May 31, 2018

Lao Prime Minister Tightens Regulations Against Wildlife Trafficking

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has issued an order to tighten regulations against hunting and trade of protected wildlife. Individuals or groups that breach the order are to be arrested and prosecuted.The PM issued the Order for Increased Stringency in Management and Inspection of Protected...

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December 16, 2017

Film competition highlights illegal wildlife trafficking

The Mekong region is a perfect storm - a source, transit route and final destination for many of the world’s most valuable and threatened wildlife species. This multi-million dollar trade significantly threatens the survival of endangered species including tiger, Asian and African elephant, an...

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July 04, 2013

Future direction of northern protected area under scrutiny

Vientiane Times, July 5, 2013 Nearly 100 officials from three northern provinces gathered in Luang Prabang province last week to discuss the sustainability of the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NPA), regarded as one of the most important NPAs in Laos. The annual meeting, organised ...

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February 12, 2013

Nineteen Baby Siamese Crocodiles Released in Lao PDR by WCS and Partners

Fewer than 250 of the critically endangered crocs remain in the wild Release is a collaboration of WCS, Government of Lao PDR, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment,  Minmetals Resources Limited, Lao Zoo,  and local communities THAN SOUM, LAO PDR (February 21, 2012) &m...

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December 18, 2012

WCS Lao Signs Agreement with Department of Forestry to Support Jurisdictional REDD+ Project in Houaphan Province

On December 18th, 2012, the WCS Lao program signed a six year agreement with the Lao Department of Forestry to support the implementation of the Lao – GermanClimate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD) project in Houaphan Province. Under this agreement, WCS will provide technical ...

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May 21, 2012

Saola still a mystery 20 years after its spectacular debut

Hanoi, Vietnam –  Two decades after the sensational discovery of a new ungulate species called the saola, this rare animal remains as mysterious and elusive as ever. WWF, the Saola Working Group (SWG) of the IUCN Species SurvivalCommission and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warn ...

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August 30, 2011

WCS Helps Hatch Rare Siamese Crocodiles in Lao PDR

New program focuses on saving Critically Endangered reptile and its wetland habitat NEW YORK (August 30, 2011)—Working with the government of Lao PDR, the Wildlife Conservation Society has helped to successfully hatch a clutch of 20 Siamese crocodiles, a species threatened across its range ...

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September 05, 2010

Rare Animal Seen for the First Time in More than a Decade, in Laos

One of the rarest and most mysterious animals in the world, the saola of Laos and Vietnam, has been seen by biologists for the first time in more than ten years.  The government of Lao PDR confirms that in late August villagers in Xaychamphon District of Bolikhamxay Province caught a saola, and...

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