Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation: Xe Pian NPA REDD+
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is a set of
steps designed to use market/financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of
greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation. Its original objective is to
reduce green house gases but it can deliver “co-benefits” such as biodiversity
conservation and poverty alleviation.
Xe Pian National Protected Area (NPA) was established in 1993. It has a total area of
240,000 hectares located within two provinces, Champasak Province (Pathoumphone
and Khong districts) and Attapeu Province (Sanamxai District). It is considered to be
one of the top three most biologically important protected areas in Lao PDR and among
the top ten in the South East Asia region. This is due to its variety of rare wildlife species
and complex of unique habits, including wetlands with large water birds and areas of
lowland forest hosting large mammals.