Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos)

Lao PDR is a landlocked state bordering Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. The Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand. Most of the country is mountainous and thickly forested, although there are some plains and plateaus. The climate is tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April). Important natural resources of Lao PDR include e.g. timber, hydropower, tin and gold.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Concern among Mekong Commission members that China's construction of dams on the Mekong River and its tributaries will affect water levels
  • Cambodia is concerned about Laos' extensive upstream dam construction
  • Floods
  • Droughts
  • Most of the population does not have access to potable water

Contact GWP Lao PDR

Mr Djoko Sasongko,

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture

UN-Water Statistics




Posted: 2012-07-26

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