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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    20 August  2012

Laos, Thailand sign environmental management pact


Luang Prabang and Xayaboury provinces and Vientiane signed on to the Community Based Solid Waste Management project, with the aim of improving environmental quality.

The agreement was signed yesterday between the ministry of national resources and environment's Environmental Quality Promotion Department and Thailand's Department of Environmental Quality Promotion of the ministry of national resources and environment.

A memorandum of understanding for the cooperation project was signed by the Environmental Quality Promotion Department Director General Khampadith Khammounheuang and Thailand's Director General Department of Environmental Quality Promotion Sunun Arunnopparat in Vientiane.

“We have agreed today on working together on this green policy over the next five years, Laos is also working on the implementation of policies to become a model green country amongst Asean nations,” Khampadith said.

According to Khampadith, the initiative will receive financial and technical assistance from the Japanese government.

“Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Laos and other Asean countries are collaboratively implementing the green project,” he said.
Luang Prabang, Xayaboury and Vientiane are set to become the green cities of the country.

“We are going to work harder on translating green policies to other districts all over the country, working with the motto of making it clean, green and attractive,” he said.

Khampadith explained that some waste can be recycled or produce biogas and organic fertilisers.

“This is just one example which can be translated to relevant grassroots' personnel, who can adopt the theories to practical lessons in green policy in their districts” he said.

He explained that the concept of greener schools means more green space and more trees. “For example, a school should have hedges or greenery as a fence.”

“It is a great coup for us to cooperate with Thailand's environmental department, as we can learn theories and practical lessons from them.”

He added that the first phase of cooperation will focus on capacity building for Lao personnel.

“Kasetsart University of Thailand will be responsible for training Lao personnel and one environmental staffer will be selected from each district by provincial and capital authorities,with the training course taking between six months and one year,” Khampadith said.

Sunun said he hoped the cooperation project will allow Lao environmental staff to benefit from the good experiences and lessons from Thailand through the study tour and exchange programmes.

“I hope the cooperation between the two departments will achieve the goal and produce fruitful achievements in the set fields of cooperation,” he concluded.

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