Champassak folk benefit from Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar Wetland conservation project

Households in eight villages surrounding the Beung Kiat Ngong (BKN) Ramsar Wetland in Pathoumphone district, Champassak province, are benefitting from the Lower Mekong Basin Wetland Management and Conservation Project at the BKN Ramsar Site.

The project works to improve livelihoods and provide jobs in local communities, especially the making of handicrafts.

The benefits of the initiative were observed last week when project staff and reporters visited the BKN Ramsar Site in Pathoumphone district and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the site being included in the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Project Manager, Deputy Director of the Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Lao National Mekong Committee Secretariat, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Dr Duangmany Luangmany, said the main goals of the project were the rehabilitation, conservation and management of wetlands and ecosystem services at the site, as well as improving the livelihoods of local communities.

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