New Research Report available

'Modelling the effects of anti-poaching patrols on Green Peafowl populations in the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area'

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Journal article published

Scheufele, G. & Bennett J. (2017). Can PES schemes mimic markets? Ecosystem Services, Volume 23, February 2017, Pages 30-37

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Project showcased at EPF Conference

The project coordinator, Dr Phouphet Kyophilavong, reported on the project's progress during the EPF Annual Conference chaired by H.E Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Collaboration with Lao-Luxembourg Cooperation Programme

The Bolikhamxay Livelihood Improvement and Governance Project has agreed to assist the PES project with the extension of their village development funds established in Bolikhamxay to communities engaged in wildlife protection.

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MoU signed to implement PES schemes in Bolikhamxay and Vientiane Capital Province

The Vientiane Times published an article about the signing of a MoU between the Environmental Protection Fund and the National University of Laos.

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Effective Implementation of Payments for Environmental Services in Lao PDR

Paying local landholders to provide environmental services has been recognised by the Government of Lao PDR as a prospective mechanism for achieving environmental management goals and improving the livelihoods of landholders. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in its Agricultural Master Plan 2011-2015 specifically identified payments for environmental services (PES) schemes as a mechanism for achieving forestry, conservation and livelihood goals. Support for PES schemes has also come from hydro-electricity suppliers and mining companies and future PES schemes are being supported by the World bank under the PAWP programme.

However, the practicalities of how to implement PES schemes in the Lao PDR context are yet to be investigated. These application practicalities are the focus of this research. The project goal is to develop PES policy options for the Government of the Lao PDR.

The PES policy options will be informed by the experience gained in case study applications and the economic analysis of the data collected during those applications. Key issues to be considered are the determination of the aggregate level of payments to be made under each scheme, the design of the mechanism to be used to distribute the payments to individual environmental service producers and the institutional structures under which PES schemes can operate.


The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research within the Australian Government and is conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Lao PDR), the Department of Forestry within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Lao PDR), the National University of Lao PDR and the University of Western Australia. For individual contact details for these institutions see Project Contacts.

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