The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s research into human rights-based approaches to reduce poverty and benefit conservation has focused on the development of tools to better inform conservation strategies. IUCN Lao PDR and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre undertook a situation analysis in the Xe Champhone Ramsar Site, in central Lao PDR. It examined customary law governing natural resources and the relationship between customary and statutory law in this area.
IUCN Lao PDR, together with its government partners from central, provincial and local levels, carried out surveys with villagers from 11 villages in and around the Ramsar Site to learn more about traditional laws and regulations, local beliefs and taboos and how these regulations are linked to the protection and management of natural resources and biodiversity.
The overall goal of the project was to ensure the protection and sustainable use of natural resources in the Xe Champhone Ramsar Site with regulations that are appropriate locally and in the national context of Lao PDR. The 12-minute documentary film produced by IUCN Lao PDR can be viewed here.
More on the project here.