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Laos' baseline temperature throughout the country and the annual rainfall are both predicted to increase in the next several decades.1 Currently, 75% of Laosâ' population consists of subsistence farmers, and as the climate becomes more unpredictable it will negatively affect the farmers who rely on agriculture to support themselves and their families.2, 3 Additionally, in mountainous areas of the country, the risk of flash floods is increasing.4 Due to rampant illegal logging, Laos has transformed from a net carbon sink to a net emitter of greenhouse gases, which is reported to exacerbate the effects of climate change on the country.5

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1 http://www.gcca.eu/national-programmes/asia/gcca-lao-pdr
2 Ibid
3 http://www.heritage.org/index/country/laos?ac=1
4 http://www.gcca.eu/national-programmes/asia/gcca-lao-pdr
5 Ibid
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Laos News

The Diplomat 
This week, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith made his first official visit to Indonesia since assuming his post last year. Though his visit, which included a meeting with Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, focused on a range of areas as ... See more..
The Nation 
Brought to Laos by the French during the colonial period in the early 20th century, coffee has become synonymous with southern Laos as the product has steadily gained in popularity abroad. The fertile volcanic soils of the Bolaven Plateau, which ranges ... See more..
Quartz 
The world's fastest growing ivory market is tiny land-locked Laos, one of the poorest countries in Asia. According to a new report from the Kenya-based nonprofit ... See more..
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BBC News 
An animal protection group says Laos urgently needs to take steps to tackle this growing problem. See more..
Xinhua 
VIENTIANE, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Team We Run in cooperation with Australia Embassy to Laos are organizing a 385-kilometer charity run to support Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Lao northern Luang Prabang. The run started from Lao capital Vientiane ... See more..
Jakarta Post 
During a press conference with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has stressed that Indonesia was ready to supply Laos with airplanes and weapons produced by two state-owned enterprises. "The Indonesian ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
Vientiane, Laos, July 1972: one year after arriving to work as a teacher, a young Englishwoman stands on the banks of the Mekong awaiting the ferry to Thailand, and thence by train to Bangkok, then London and home. A crowd of friends and pupils hug and ... See more..
Focus Taiwan News Channel 
Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) The Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday that a Taiwanese businessman has been killed in Laos, saying that Taiwan's representative office in neighboring Vietnam has sent staff to Laos to provide assistance to the family of the victim. See more..
The Diplomat 
On September 30, Chinese state media reported that the construction of a Chinese-sponsored Confucius Institute at the National University of Laos (NUOL) had begun. Xinhua quoted Lao Ambassador to Laos Wang Wentian as saying at the groundbreaking ... See more..
Taiwan News 
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Police in Laos are looking for foreign nationals suspected of killing a Taiwanese businessman outside a shopping mall in the capital Vientiane, reports said Sunday. The victim, who was shot on October 7, was a Taiwanese citizen ... See more..
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Geography

Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam
Area

Total 236,800 sq km
Land 230,800 sq km
Water 6,000 sq km

Climate

tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)
Natural Resources

timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones ;
Natural Hazards

floods, droughts
Current Environmental Issues

unexploded ordnance; deforestation; soil erosion; most of the population does not have access to potable water

Demographics

Nationality
Lao or Laotian
Population
6,695,166 (July 2013 est.)
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The government of Laos, one of the few remaining one-party communist states, began decentralizing control and encouraging private enterprise in 1986. The results, starting from an extremely low base, were striking - growth averaged 6% per year from 1988-2008 except during the short-lived drop caused by the Asian financial crisis that began in 1997. Laos' growth exceeded 7% per year during 2008-12. Despite this high growth rate, Laos remains a country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. It has a basic, but improving, road system, and limited external and internal land-line telecommunications. Electricity is available 75% of the ...See More country. Laos' economy is heavily dependent on capital-intensive natural resource exports. The labor force, however, still relies on agriculture, dominated by rice cultivation in lowland areas, which accounts for about 30% of GDP and 75% of total employment. Economic growth has reduced official poverty rates from 46% in 1992 to 26% in 2010. The economy also has benefited from high-profile foreign direct investment in hydropower, copper and gold mining, logging, and construction though some projects in these industries have drawn criticism for their environmental impacts. Laos gained Normal Trade Relations status with the US in 2004. On the fiscal side, Laos initiated a VAT tax system in 2010. Simplified investment procedures and expanded bank credits for small farmers and small entrepreneurs will improve Laos'' economic prospects. The government appears committed to raising the country''s profile among investors, opening the country''s first stock exchange in 2011 and participating in regional economic cooperation initiatives. Laos was admitted to the WTO in 2012. The World Bank has declared that Laos'' goal of graduating from the UN Development Program''s list of least-developed countries by 2020 is achievable. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$19.52 billion (2012 est.); $18.02 billion (2011 est.); $16.68 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

25.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 25% of GDP (2011 est.); 24.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

sweet potatoes, vegetables, corn, coffee, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, tea, peanuts, rice; cassava (manioc), water buffalo, pigs, cattle, poultry
Industries

mining (copper, tin, gold, and gypsum); timber, electric power, agricultural processing, rubber, construction, garments, cement, tourism