Project Profile

Expanding opportunities to use groundwater for poverty alleviation and climate change adaption in Laos

Duration : June 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
(Extended to December 31, 2020)

Earlier ACIAR research, particularly LWR/2010/081, examined opportunities to sustainably develop groundwater in Laos to enhance food security, livelihoods and support climate resilient farming systems. The research found substantial promise for groundwater development in Laos. However, the low baseline level understanding means further work is needed to better understand how groundwater irrigation can support agricultural development in drought-prone Southern Laos. This SRA will examine the three most promising aquifer typologies in the lowlands of Southern Laos through: 1. Surveys to establish groundwater development potential; 2. Review of groundwater planning and development practices; and 3. Analysis of opportunities and constraints to application of small-scale solar powered pumped irrigation from groundwater. The results of the research will contribute to sustainable groundwater management in Southern Laos by strengthening capacity to evaluate the potential of these resources.

Location(s): Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Contact: Pavelic, Paul
Donor(s): ACIAR

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI