Logging in Laos remains an issue of concern of both some Lao government officials and international community. According to Mr. Bounthong Bouahome, the Chief of Cabinet of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Lao government has officially approved the 2008-09 logging quota.
This quota increases 25% from the 2007-08’s quota, which allows 200 thousand cubic meters logs to be cut in minimum during this period. This increase in quota combined with illegal logging in the country could potentially place further impact on both environment in general and drinking water and agricultural production of Lao people.
According to the EIA, a London-based organization, the average illegal logging in Laos consists of as much as 450 thousand cubic meters per year. All of these activities will contribute into reducing further the coverage of forest over Laos’ land, which was 47% in 1992 and 35% at present.
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