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First national round table

Vientiane, 12 November 2001

This first national round table for the review in Lao PDR brought together representatives from the government, professionals from protected areas, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations.

The objectives of the meeting were:

  • To define lessons on the experience with protected areas and their relationship with economic development in Lao PDR; and
  • To involve economic planners and protected areas managers to identify the benefits of protected areas for the various development sectors and local communities.

The meeting included the following presentations:

Overview of the protected areas review: Approaches and objectives
Introducing the need for the review and the key issues concerning protected areas and socio-economic development in Lao PDR.
Jeremy Carew-Reid, Director of the International Centre for Environmental Management, Australia

Protected areas and development: The experience in Lao PDR
Mr. Soulisack Detphachanh, Deputy Director of the Division of Forest Resource Conservation

Case study 1: Phou Khao Khouay NBCA and local development
Mr. Khamphanh Douangvilay, Deputy Head of Phou Khao Khouay NBCA

The role of protected areas in energy supply
Oudomsack Philavong, Lao National Mekong Committee Secretariat, Prime Ministerís Office

National economic development: The contribution of protected areas
Lucy Emerton, Head, IUCN Asia Regional Environmental Economics Programme

Case study 2: Nam Et and Phou Loei NBCAs and local development
Mr. Phouvong Sisomhak, National Project Director, Nam Et-Phou Loei Integrated Conservation and Development Project

Working group sessions provided an opportunity to identify and discuss the achievements and challenges of protected areas with respect to socioeconomic development. The conclusions of these working groups were presented at a final plenary session.