Vientiane, 25th August 2016 — Today the Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-Laos) met in Vientiane to officially launch a new community fisheries project in Bolikhamxay and Khammouan provinces.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the DLF and WWF-Laos was signed at the Sapnakhone Hotel by Mr. Bounthong Saphakdy, Deputy Director General of the DLF, and Mr. Somphone Bouasavanh, Country Director of WWF-Laos, in the presence of representatives from Bolikhamxay and Khammouan provinces.
The project will aim to improve transboundary freshwater natural resources management via the creation of fish conservation zones (FCZ), fisheries management committees and village patrolling units in 15 villages. It will run in parallel with a similar project in Thailand, in an effort to jointly improve the management of the Mekong River’s rich natural resources. The project will also support local livelihoods and the development of alternative sources of income to reduce pressure on freshwater natural resources. In addition, the project will seek to raise awareness of communities to better understand the benefits of fish conservation and fisheries management.
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Senior animal health officials from five Upper Mekong countries are meeting to promote technical collaborations on transboundary animal disease control and safer trades of animals and animal products between these countries. The meeting was attended also by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Organized by the governments of Lao PDR, China, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, the meeting will see national representatives discussing on strategies to collaboratively reduce transboundary animal disease risks.
“We have China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam together today. We are hopeful that we will able to advance collaboration mechanism for animal disease control among the countries under One Health concept,” Dr. Wang Gongmin said in his opening remarks.
The transnational movement of livestock is a known factor in the spread of transboundary animal diseases in Asia and around the world. However, many of the livestock movements within the Upper Mekong Sub-region occur unofficially and their pathways are increasingly complex. Over the course of the four-day meeting, participants will share their knowledge, experiences and strategies for enhancing biosecurity in the international livestock trade.
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Regarding to Asia Investment and Development Company AIDC intentions and mission encompassing the overall beef cattle production system to be launched in Pongsali Province, the northern –most region bordering to China and Vietnam.
The proposal by AIDC was to build up the developmental capacity producing up to 50,000 heads within the five year term and subsequently to create the sustainable production system achieving the exportation of premium beef to neighboring countries especially to China, Vietnam and to the member countries of the AEC.
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