Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Nam Ngum River Basin Development Sector Project
The Nam Ngum River Basin is one of the most important river basins in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. However, at the time of project preparation, the basin reservoir was not efficiently managed, resulting in suboptimal hydropower generation and inefficient maintenance of downstream riverine ecosystems. In addition, water quality needed to be monitored closely as agriculture was becoming intensive in the upper basin watersheds. The project was designed to ensure long-term sustainability of the upper basin watersheds and associated livelihood opportunities through improved water governance, information gathering and processing, and watershed management within the basin and at the national level.
This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.