Project Profile

Enhancing the resilience and productivity of rainfed dominated systems in Lao PDR through sustainable groundwater use

Duration : August 1, 2012 - January 31, 2016
(Extended to December 31, 2016)

Groundwater use for irrigation is virtually non-existent in Lao PDR and minimal across the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) (with few exceptions). Based on experiences from other regions which have intensified groundwater use as well as knowledge from the GMS, there is the potential for expansion if existing barriers (e.g. scant hydrogeological information, high establishment and operating costs, lack of access to credit, limited extension services etc) can be overcome and development achieved sustainably.

Location(s): Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Contact: Pavelic, Paul
Donor(s): CIAT,ACIAR
Research Collaborator(s) : Department of Irrigation-Laos (DOI-Laos), Department of Water Resources(DWR), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES), Khon Kaen University, Ground Water Research Center(KKU-GWRC), National University of Laos (NUOL), Natural Resources and Environment Institute(NREI),

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