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International Environmental Law Consultant in Forest Project

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF)
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Lao People's Democratic Republic


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The UNDP-GEF Sustainable Forest and Land Management in the Dry Dipterocarp Forest Ecosystems of Southern Lao PDR Project (SAFE Ecosystems Project) aims to support the government of Lao PDR to facilitate a transformative shift towards sustainable land and forest management in the forested landscape of Savannakhet Province. This sustainable management will help to secure critical wildlife habitats, conserve biodiversity and maintain a continuous flow of multiple services such as the provision of quality water and flood prevention.

The Dry Dipterocarp Forest (DDF) ecosystems located in Savannakhet Province are recognized for being globally important as habitat for a number of globally significant and threatened species, and nationally important for their provision of numerous ecosystem services that benefit the people of Lao PDR.

Duties and responsibilities, among others:

  • Establish existing status of legal and policy frameworks, and regulations on: (i) strengthening community management of forest and other ecosystems in and around protected areas; (ii) provisions for managing protected areas within the wider landscapes in which they are situated; (iii) and draft clear policies, regulations, and coordination mechanisms to support PA financing;
  • Review of legal requirements necessary for establishing new protected areas for the purpose of elevating Ong Mang Sanctuary to the status of National Protected Area;
  • Establish existing status of legal and policy frameworks, regulations and definitions on High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) both internationally and within Lao PDR.
International Environmental Law Consultant in Forest Project