EPF supports green growth initiatives
Laos launched a new project at the Ministry of Planning and Investment on Wednesday aiming to support capacity building and mainstreaming green in the country.
The agreement ceremony was attend by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Kikeo Chanthabouly.
The new project, known as “Capacity building on the environment and the green growth agenda into national, sub-project and sectorial strategies and action plans,” is being implemented with development assistance from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The total cost of the three -year project starting this year is over 4 billion kip to be spent on project activities in Laos.
Director General of the Planning and Investment Department under the ministry, Ms Phonevane Outhavong said at the ceremony that the government has developed a strategy for green development aimed at environmental protection activities in the country.
She said the EPF support will be used to create green growth strategies and establish a green development centre in Vientiane, aiming to promote stainable green growth, quality systems in Laos, the creation of control systems and reporting on the progress of socio-economic development according to sustainable green growth principles.
Scientific research will be used to support government policy in regards to national socio- economic development and green growth ideas will be explained to the public.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Vice President of the EPF, Ms Bounphama Pothisane said these projects will ensure the proper dissemination of information pertaining to their activities.
She said the Environmental Protection Fund provides funding to manage trails and lands, protect natural resources, preserve wildlife habitats, make critical capital improvements about conservation, and provide access to the public.
The project will also gather information on the environment in relation to socio–economic issues and address the need to mainstream environmental and social safeguards in infrastructure development, Ms Bounphama said.
It will also aim to strengthen biodiversity conservation in district protected area management and provide support for communities in sustainable environmental management activities.
These projects aim to improve and promote environmental protection by providing relevant data and information, raising public awareness and providing education to the citizens so that they see the importance of the green environment in their daily lives, she added. This includes encouraging and supporting the strict implementation of policies on the green environment and green growth development. The projects will support the government's policy reform agenda towards improved environmental management.
They will also examine the relationships between ‘developed' and ‘developing' societies, the roles played by various institutions within them and their effects on the processes of social, political, economic and environmental transformation
According to the EPF, the fund was established in 2005 as a financially autonomous organisation to strengthen environmental protection, sustainable natural resources management, biodiversity conservation and community development in the Lao PDR
By Phetphoxay Sengpaeuth
(Latest Update January 20, 2017)