Country

Laos

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Laos.

Country Context

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is located in Southeast Asia, a region that has grown rapidly during the last three decades. Lao PDR is ranked as one of the poorest or least developed countries in the region and in the world, with 26% of the population living below the poverty line as of 2010.  The country’s economy is based mainly on the agricultural and industrial sectors. The country is at serious risk for widespread food insecurity, with over a third of the population experiencing rice shortfalls 2-6 months out of the year in recent years. Lao PDR is vulnerable to extreme events, such as droughts and floods. These disturbances are increasing in frequency and severity, affecting food security, drinking water supply and irrigation, public health systems, environmental management and lifestyle.

Laos ratified the Paris Agreement on September 7, 2016. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) is the key ministry for coordination and the implementation of Laos' Nationally Determined Contribution. Housed under MoNRE is the Department of Environment, and within that sits the Climate Change Office, which is the primary point of contact for the UNFCCC interactions.

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Climate Data

Historical Trends

The section provides access to historical climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation from 1900 to 2016.

Projected Trends

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

Climate by Sector

This section contains information from multiple climate indicators and indices relevant for key economic sectors. Simple narratives can help you interpret and extract summaries of potential climate change impacts at the sector level.

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Vulnerability

This section allows you to explore the susceptibility of livelihoods and natural systems to impacts from climate variability and change and facilitate the exploration of socioeconomic and development data and its relationships with natural hazards vulnerable areas.

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Impacts

This section allows you to explore the climate information from multiple climate indicators and present them with simple, embedded interpretation for an informative, high-level summary of the potential for future climate change impacts on key socioeconomic sectors.

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Adaptation

This section helps you grasp key national adaptation policies and reports, explore options for key sectors, and understand current adaptation gaps and needs for enhanced climate smart planning.

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