Tracking wildlife in Lao - Day 1: From Vientiane to the Nakai Plateau

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ImageFeb. 4, 2007* - Wow, it’s cold! Who would’ve thought I’d ever be cold living in Lao, but it’s nearly zero degrees where I am….

I’m here in the Nakai Plateau (Khammouane province), in central Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), with another World Bank colleague, a Senior Biodiversity Specialist for the East Asia region, who’s a biologist by training and therefore a rare species himself at the World Bank. He (Tony) has been working in the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) project for the past nine years, and has been closely involved with the protection of the Nakai Nam Theun National Protected Area (the NT2 Watershed, part of the project) – which brings me to why I’m here….

Tony and I, together with two colleagues from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Arlyne and Jim, will be spending the next six days trekking through the Lao jungle, joining wildlife monitoring groups to view wildlife and assess how the surveying program is working.

I’m excited! Time to sleep as tomorrow we have an early start.

--To be continued

(* This diary was originally published in the World Bank's Lao PDR site)

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