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Laos and the curse of hydroelectric gold

There are large swathes of protected areas on the Thai side of the Luang Prabang Range. On the Lao side there is only one. The Nam Phouy National Biodiversity Conservation Area, a large protected area in Laos home to many wild elephants, is located in a forested sector close to the Thai border. The projected reservoir of Lower Nam Phoun dam, however, is partly within the Nam Phouy and a large zone of the protected area will be flooded in the near future.

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Sai Bat (Morning Alms) is a longstanding tradition in Laos Buddhist culture. In observing it, the devoted offer food to monks throughout the Luang Prabang every morning. This is sustenance for the monks, so great care is taken in preparation. Each morning, starting at around 05:30 morning, saffron-robed monks and novices emerge onto the streets with their alms bowls (‘bat’). The ceremony is undertaken in complete silence.


Opportunity for Communers to participate in community driven ecological conservation and restoration projects in Luang Prabang Mountains region.
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