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Can Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) manage to reduce its environmental footprint in a country without public waste management, where the open burning of plastic and other rubbish is common practice? In partnership with youth movement Zero Waste Laos, the NPA Mine Action and Disarmament Program in Laos is taking steps in a greener direction.

60 mm mortar shell
At least 186 different types of munitions have been found in Lao PDR. 14 of the country’s 17 provinces are severely contaminated with cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance.
Survey team Laos
Lao PDR has the unfortunate title of being the heaviest-bombed country in the world. NPA has been present in the country since 1997, and today conducts survey and clearance in four provinces.
Katherine Harrison
Katherine Harrison is the Programme Coordinator for NPA in Laos.
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Recycling in one of NPA's field offices. Photo: Katherine Harrison
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Photo: Katherine Harrison
Ms Khanthaly Moonvong NPA Compost Bin
Ms. Khanthaly Moonvong (middle) observes as representatives from Zero Waste Laos demonstrate composting. Photo: Katherine Harrison
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Program Support Coordinator Sivilay Chanthaphoumy was surprised to learn how much can actually be reused, recycled and composted to reduce waste. Photo: Katherine Harrison
Mr Chanthanousone Chanthavong in blue
Program Officer Chanthanousone Chanthavong is shocked by all the rubbish produced in the capital. He hopes the younger generation will be more environmentally friendly than his own. Photo: Katherine Harrison
Ungdomsroyrsla Zero Waste Laos eit friskt miljopust i sorlege Laos
The youth movement Zero Waste Laos has been a fresh breath of air in a country that has failed to address environmental protection, waste management and recycling. Photo: Zero Waste Laos
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