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Combating climate change in Laos

January 10, 2012

The Nam Phui national protected area in Laos near the border with Thailand plays an important role in maintaining the world's climate balance. But the local population often earn their living through poaching and illegal deforestation. The United Nations REDD+ project aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation is being implemented by the government in Laos. It's supported by local organizations and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and aims to provide alternate sources of income for local communities. That includes training people to protect the forests and switch to breeding new varieties of plants or producing organic wood coal.

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