Vientiane, Laos — The government has approved the creation of another two national conservation biodiversity areas, bringing the total number from 22 to 24, spanning some 4 million ha.
The decision was made in accordance with a governmental report on the implementation of a socio-economic development plan for the first six months of 2012-2013.
The two new conversation areas are Phou Hiphi national conservation forest measuring 87,000 ha in Oudomsay Province, and Laving-Lavuen conservation forest in Savannakhet province with a total area of 86, 000 ha.
The approval of additional conservation areas is part of Laos’ plan to increase its forest coverage from less than 41 per cent to 65 per cent by 2015.
Laos’ national forest coverage has dropped from 70 per cent in 1940, at 17 million hectares, to 41 per cent in 2001, when a ban on timber exports was enforced due to rampant illegal deforestation over the past decade.
Source: KPL Lao News Agency / By Vinnaly