Voice of America reported in September that “Illegal logging remains a serious problem in Laos, even though the government has banned timber exports for the past fifteen years”. Only processed wood can be legally exported from Laos.
For the fiscal year 2005-6, Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh allowed 300,000 m3 of timber to be cut, 270,000 m3 of which will come from the reservoir of the Nam Theun 2 dam, which is currently under construction. This is interesting, because the Lao military-run logging company BPKP logged the reservoir area from the early 1990s. Obviously BPKP hadn’t finished the job when it went bust in 2003.