Master Lao sawmilling-manual update
Laos Project Annual Report No 3_FINAL 2010-012
The project mid-term review was conducted by ACIAR Forestry RPM on 16 September
2014 in Luang Prabang which provided a good mechanism to review the project progress
with the project team. The overall finding was that “The project is progressing very well
against many of the planned activities, with strong evidence of good collaboration across
the team and between partners”.
The project research activities conducted within four objectives are progressing well with
significant achievements made which have been documented in reports and conference
papers and disseminated at the project workshop and training courses tailored for
smallholders and the industry. Some of the research studies are summarised below:
A study on mapping and stratification of plantation teak areas using high resolution remote
sensing imagery in a geographical information system is well advanced. The study utilises
rapid field survey and remote sensing interpretation techniques to enable detailed
mapping of over 2 million hectares. It provides area and stratification for inventory of
standing volume and yield forecasting.
ACIAR FST-2010-012 Annual Report No 2-2014
The project is progressing well despite its complexity. Significant progress has been made
during Year 2 across each of the four objectives with active participation of all project
The 1st Annual Workshop was held on 29 October, 2013, in Vientiane. The workshop
allowed members and stakeholders to receive an update on the progress of the project,
and have answers to their questions; more importantly intense discussions on a range of
project related matters were held..
The Project Advisory Committee Meeting involving stakeholders and Government
representatives was held on 20 January 2014, to review the project progress to date and
discuss major problems, challenges and opportunities.
FST-2010-012 Annual report No 1 - 2013
Although the project start date was 1 January 2012, delays in obtaining signed project
agreements between the contractual parties meant that research activities of the project
did not commence until the beginning of June 2012.
Despite the delayed start, the project has made impressive progress during Year 1 with
the active participation of all project partners.
The major activities and achievements during the first year are as follows:
The project inception meetings were held on 19 June 2012, in Vientiane, and on 22 June
2012, in Luang Prabang, with the aim to present and discuss the project objectives,
methodology and expected outcomes. The meetings were well attended by the project
Project teams were formed for each objective, consisting of Lao and Australian members,
according to skills and expertise required to achieve various activities and tasks. Detailed
Action Plans for the objective milestones were developed by each team.
Project website “laoplantation” has been recently posted on the following website
http://www.laoplantation.org/ The website was designed to provide information on the
project objectives, partner organisations, project teams, documents and reports, photo
albums related to research activities, media releases, news and policies related to the
The first issue of the Project Newsletter has been published and distributed to the project
partners and stakeholders.
A Dropbox Folder called VALTIP_2 was created as a way for the project team to share
information in a secure and structured way. Dropbox allows everyone on the team to have
access to the same information at the same time.