GEF grant to enhance agro-climatic monitoring
The Global Environmental Facility has provided more than US$5.4 million (about 44.4 billion kip) to support a project strengthening agro-climatic monitoring and information systems to improve climate change adaptation and food security in Laos.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the four year project (2017-2021) was signed yesterday by the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Laos, Dr Stephen Rudgard, and Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Ms Monemany Nhoyboukong.
The Lao government has provided an additional US$1 million with US$500,000 each coming from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
The project aims to enhance the analysis, communication and use of agro-climatic information for planning and decision making for agricultural production and food security at national and provincial levels.
It will improve the analysis of agriculture production systems and strengthen land resource information management and agro-ecological systems.
The project has three main components with the first the strengthening of agro-climatic monitoring, analysis, communication, and use of data and information for decision-making in agriculture and food security, which will be implemented and coordinated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment at a cost of more than US$2.4 million.
The second phase involves strengthening institution and technical capacity for monitoring and analysis of agriculture production systems and development of the Land Resources Information Management System and Agro-Ecological Zoning, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry at a cost of more than US$2.1 million.
The third phase comprises knowledge management, dissemination and application of local level information including integrating lessons learned into planning and conducting a project monitoring and evaluation activity, to be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Laos at a cost of US$639,881.
The four year project also includes an administration budget of US$260,926.
It is envisaged the project will upgrade authorities' skills and their ability to adapt to climate change.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 01, 2017)