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Posted on 16 Nov, 2023 by Pino Gonzáles-Riancho

The Integrated Conservation of Biodiversity and Forest project (ICBF) in Lao PDR, a joint project between the Government of Lao PDR and the German Federal Government, has been working since 2015 to manage and conserve more than 900,000 hectares of critical biodiversity landscapes in northern and central Laos. Supported by KfW with €15.5 million and implemented by GFA, the project focuses on combating threats such as forest destruction, poaching and illegal wildlife trade. By successfully achieving its objectives, ICBF has conserved biodiversity, improved the livelihoods of 148 forest-dependent communities, and strengthened the capacity of stakeholders to sustainably manage protected areas. Key strategies include collaborative conservation approaches, capacity building, and investments in infrastructure, logistics, and equipment. The project has established a multi-functional monitoring system supported by guardian villages through conservation contracts that provide benefits such as vocational training, funds and technical support for livelihood activities.

ICBF's success story has been widely recognized and is documented in an impressive video - here you can watch the full version (13 minutes), but there is also a short version available.

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