Laos' Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavane says his government will undertake a survey of the national forests to find out how much forest areas are left so that plans can be made to conserve and reforest.
The Prime Minister acknowledges that logging and slash and burn agriculture have greatly diminished the national forests, and that conservation and reforestation measures are urgently needed. He adds that the government has set up a 12-billion kip Forest Development Fund for such purposes.
It is estimated that, since the 1960's, Laos has lost about 40% of its national forests which had previously covered 70% of its land areas.
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