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About Project ANOULAK

Project ANOULAK was initiated in 2012 when Camille Coudrat started conducting her PhD research in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area (NNT NPA) in central-eastern Laos.

The project is developed and implemented around four components:

  • Scientific research: we conduct scientific research on several aspects of wildlife ecology.
  • Capacity building: the site provides a unique opportunity for Lao students to be trained and supervised to conduct their own research and become the next generation of biologists and conservationists in Laos.
  • Habitat protection: we use active patrolling around the site to protect the forest and the wildlife.
  • Environmental education and community involvement: we conduct conservation education activities in villages within NNT NPA to inform, engage and empower local communities in ecosystem protection; the project includes school-based education activities and awareness raising workshops. We are training villagers as our research assistants; they are invaluable to the success of our research.

Our Mission Statement

Develop and implement innovative, multidisciplinary and sustainable approaches to biodiversity & ecosystem scientific research and conservation at a local scale, in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area, with a passionate and dedicated team of nationals and internationals.

Our Vision

The restoration of the biodiversity of NNT NPA with empowered local community as principal actors and advocates for the safeguard of the habitat and wildlife through conscious and informed sustainable livelihoods and development.

A strong, dedicated, passionate and skillful scientific community of young Lao nationals acting together for the sustainable future of Laos? forest, biodiversity, environment and people.

Our long-term goal

To safeguard the biodiversity and ecosystem in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area and support the local community for their sustainable livelihoods and development.

Our strategic objectives

  • To design, experiment, implement, disseminate and promote models or replicate best practice approaches for the long-term sustainable conservation of biodiversity and habitats of NNT NPA
  • To collaborate with national and international institutions or individuals sharing the same values to achieve our mission
  • To provide opportunities, training and supervision for Lao students to help buildtheir capacity to become the next generation of Lao environmentalists and conservationists
  • To study and monitor populations of the little known animal and plant species of NNT NPA to contribute to their conservation and to the global scientific knowledge
  • To work with local communities of NNT NPA through (i) outreach and education activities to promote our mission and vision; (ii) their empowerment to act for the protection of habitat and wildlife and support them in the development of sustainable livelihoods

Our Flagship Logo

Our official logo represents three species we chose as flagships and symbols of Nakai-Nam Theun NPA:

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The Critically Endangered saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis):
The saola is endemic to the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam with one of the smallest ranges of any large mammal in the world. It is one of the most elusive species in the world, for it has virtually never been directly observed in the wild by any biologist, and also one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Its scientific discovery was only in 1992, thus, is one of the world's last large mammals discoveries. The species is taxonomically distinctive with its own genus. Its protection will act as an 'umbrella' for the conservation of many more threatened species.

The Endangered red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus):
The red-shanked douc is one of the most charismatic and most beautiful primate in the world. It is restricted to remaining forests in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Its world's largest population is found in Laos and in particular in Nakai-Nam Theu NPA (Coudrat et al. 2012; Coudrat et al., in press). The species is the emblem of the (at least) nine species of primates occurring in Nakai-Nam Theun NPA.

The Near Threatened great hornbill (Buceros bicornis):
This charismatic large bird is the symbol of the diversity of bird species residing in Nakai-Nam Theun NPA: with 430 bird species, this is the largest number recorded in a single protected area in all of Southeast Asia.