Programs & Projects

LANDMARK PROGRAM: Village-based Forest Rehabilitation in Lao PDR

Countries: Paksong District, Champasak Province & Sangthong District, Vientiane Capital
Duration:  2016 - 2025 (AFoCO/008/2014)
Budget:      1,865,830 USD


To increase forest cover by the restoration of degraded forest areas, strengthen capability of government agencies and local authority including villagers in implementing national forest rehabilitation policy, and contribute to poverty reduction by providing direct income to local people, particularly, the poor


  • To demonstrate village based forest rehabilitation concepts in degraded forests through the application of different forest regeneration measures
  • To generate broad public support on the implementation of national forest rehabilitation policy in general, village based forest rehabilitation program in particular
  • To provide incentives to local villagers through various means, inter alia, strengthening capacity of villagers to produce a good quality of seedlings, seedling production, enrichment planting, maintenance and protection of rehabilitated areas
  • To strengthen capability of stakeholders at all levels for successful implementation and replication of the project.


  • Output1.1:Sufficient quality seedlings are produced for ex-situ conservation plantation and enrichment planting for both rehabilitation areas in Paksong and Sangthong districts;
  • Output 1.2: About 60 ha of ex-situ conservation plantation have been established and maintained, which, in turn, produces future quality seed sources of valuable native tree species;
  • Output 1.3: Nearly 790 ha of enrichment planting in Paksong and Sangthong districts have been successfully established and maintained;
  • Output 1.4: About 2,770 ha of Protection Forest in Sangthong and Paksong districts have been protected by local villagers.
  • Output 1.5: Barren land of individual landowners have been supported through agroforestry extension services
  • Output 2.1: Public and private sectors are aware and promote village based forest rehabilitation program;
  • Output 3.1: Local villagers both men and women, particularly, the poor have additional incomes from sale of seedlings, enrichment planting, maintenance and protection of rehabilitated areas
  • Output 4.1: Forestry sectors and local authority have knowledge and capacity on how to implement national forest rehabilitation policy at district and village level with an active participation of local villagers;
  • Output 4.2: Villagers have capacity to produce a good quality of seedlings and implement forest rehabilitation activities;
  • Output 4.3: Necessary materials and facilities for implementation and replication of village based forest rehabilitation have been sufficiently developed and made in place