Environment and Energy

Rapid economic growth, primarily driven by natural resource extraction, is putting new pressures on the environmental assets on which rural communities traditionally depend. Strengthening human and financial capacities to manage natural resources at the community level and enforcing relevant laws is critical to ensure sustainable development.

Our Goals

We support growth that does not harm the environment. Our work focuses on three priority areas: encouraging all national development planning to recognize links between environmental harm and poverty; strengthening the response to climate change; and improving environmental governance and promoting community-based natural resource management. more

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Pro-poor development planning

UNDP in Lao PDR works at the policy and community level to ensure that growth does not harm the environment and brings benefits to all.

Our Stories

  • Tai On invested in lemon orchards, which now cover half his land. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR/Toby Fricker

    Diversifying crops to cope with climate change

    For Ki Her, the head of Kioutaloun village in mountainous northern Lao PDR, and 95 percent of the population who grow rice, the change in the more

Projects and Initiatives

Improving the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector to Climate Change (IRAS)

The people of Lao PDR are particularly vulnerable to climate change because 80% of livelihoods are associated with some form of agricultural activity. more

Poverty Environment Initiative: Phase II

Building on the first phase, this project is part of a global programme and represents a joint effort by UNDP and the UN Environment Programme to help the Government increase the proportion of 'quality investments', with the most benefits for Lao people and the least impact on the environment. more

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Bamboo Lives

This film tells the story of the innovative Sangthong District bamboo trade association. With support from UNDP, households from 5 villages have increased their inomes and contributed to environmental preservation.