Building resilience of urban populations with ecosystem-based solutions in Lao PDR

Building resilience of urban populations with ecosystem-based solutions in Lao PDR

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 14 Nov 2019 at B.24
  • Est. completion 08 Jun 2025
  • ESS Category Category C

Strengthening the natural capacity of ecosystems to regulate water flows and limiting the exposure of local populations in vulnerable areas to climate effects. 

Cities in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) are among the most vulnerable areas to flooding in South-East Asia, causing annual economic losses of around 3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).  Much of the cost of flood recovery is borne by households, constituting a large percentage of their disposable incomes. 

The project aims to test an alternative approach to flood control in urban Laos, moving away from a traditional focus on grey infrastructure, such as dams and concrete drainage systems. It will implement ecosystem-based adaptation in urban areas. One of the first examples of this adaptation approach in developing countries, it could serve as a model for other nations facing similar climate challenges.

This project was initially submitted to the GCF Secretariat under the ‘Project Approval Process’ modality and was resubmitted under the ‘Simplified Approval Process’ prior to GCF Board approval. The timeline indicated on this page reflects this change from the original submission.

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Project timeline


03 Jul 2015 - 1596 days

Concept note received

03 Jul 2015

Funding proposal received

08 Dec 2015

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

16 Sep 2019

Cleared by iTAP

11 Oct 2019


14 Nov 2019 - 208 days

Approved by GCF Board

14 Nov 2019

FAA executed

12 Dec 2019

Under implementation

08 Jun 2020 - 105 days so far

FAA effective

08 Jun 2020


08 Jun 2025 - 1,722 days to go

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

One priority group

  • Least Developed Countries
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

GrantUSD 10,000,000


Co-FinancingOtherUSD 1,500,000

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Accredited Entity

United Nations Environment Programme

Ms. Kelly West
Senior Programme Manager, Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund Coordinator, Corporate Services Division
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +254 20 7624147
Ms. Hemini Vrontamitis
Legal Officer, Corporate Services Division
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya

National Designated Authority

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Mr Syamphone Sengchandala
Deputy Director General, Department of Climate Change
Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change P.O. Box : 7864, Ban: Sisavad, Vientiane, Lao PDR, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the)
Phone +856 21 254 350
Phone +856 20 5550 8961
Mr. Amphayvanh Oudomdeth
Deputy Director, Division of General Affairs, Department of Climate Change
Sisavath Road, P.O. Box 7864, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the)
Phone +856 030 5538616
Phone +856 20 55503322