Technical report

Enhancing livelihoods in Lao PDR through environmental services and planted-timber products

Date released
14 December 2012
Publication Code

Stephen Midgley, Jeff Bennett, Xeme Samontry, Peter Stevens, Khamphone Mounlamai, Dao Midgley and Alan Brown


This report provides an exploration of the concept of payments for environmental services (financial benefits to land managers who, through improved practices, enhance environmental services such as carbon sequestration, protection of water quality and biodiversity conservation) and the value chains for wood products in Lao PDR. Both these topics are intrinsically linked by their focus on the forests of Laos and their aim of improving livelihoods for thousands of Lao people, many of whom live below the poverty line. The report recommends researchable issues and how these could be tackled.