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Vientiane Orchidées

About Us

imgtest1Our company was born from a passion for orchids and a desire to take part in the social and economic development of Laos while taking part in the conservation of its unique biodiversity in the world.

We created a private company, “Vientiane Orchidées Company,” in response to (1) a study undertaken by the Department of botany of the National University of Laos on gathering illegal orchids and (2) a report about how Laotian orchids are in danger of disappearance.

Our actions are multiform :

  • To suggest, create and manage projects that promote and assist the conservation of the orchids and of their natural environment in Laos.
  • To develop a perennial culture of orchids among villagers and to bring socio-economic development.
  • To raise and produce wild Laotian orchids provided by the laboratory of botany of the university of Laos under certification.
  • To take part in the fight against the collecting and illegal trade of the orchids.
  • To create a pool of conservation of the Lao species.
  • To market our production in Laos and abroad.
  • To create educational and academic opportunities by the conducting training courses and encouraging visits to our company.
  • To promote citizen awareness on the dangers of the disappearance of the species and their natural habitat.
  • To take part financially in the development of the capacities of research and production of the Laboratory of botany of the National University of Laos in
    connection with orchids.

Why protect Orchids ?

Orchids are increasingly threatened by the destruction of their habitat and excessive harvesting. Excessive harvesting is particularly serious in the case of the species with commercial importance and can cause the extinction of a species in nature only a few years after its discovery.

The evolution of the orchids gave place to complexes strategies of pollination. These strategies, however, are easily disturbed by the destruction of the habitat or the excessive harvesting, making them good indicators of overall environmental health. The conservation of the orchids and the maintenance of adequate populations of these species contribute to the protection of considerable other species. Because of their popularity, the orchids are emblematic species which can be used to promote the conservation of key habitats for the wild species.
Preserve orchids, is preserve the forest !

We focus our actions to support the conservation of orchids on two main objectives:

Direct : The pool of conservation

Created in collaboration with the National Herbarium of Holland and CIRAD a pool of Lao botanical orchid conservation.
Thanks to the parental stock, we can keep at least one plant by-species, and, where possible, produce seeds that allow a laboratory production of large quantities of plants.

The benefits of conservation and ex situ production:

The most frequently cited benefit is the promotion of biodiversity conservation.

Another benefit cited: ex situ production can be a source of parental stock used for reintroduction of species into habitats where they disappeared. This production can also be a source of parental stock used to revitalize depleted populations, reducing the gene pool.

However, that's the case, the gene pool of these ex situ populations must be large enough to allow repopulation or reintroduction.
Properly managed ex situ whose stock is replenished in a sustainable and regulated can add value to wild harvest and thus improve the economic incentives to conserve habitat, particularly where it would be difficult to fully meet the demand for wild specimens.

Also note the benefits of the observations and research conducted on specimens ex situ conservation in situ. These specimens can provide a wealth of information on behavior, genetics, breeding and care of these species, many of which are applicable to populations in situ. Furthermore, the development of reproductive technology and culture facilitates the reproduction of vulnerable taxa that were once difficult to reproduce.

Here we see the scientific interest of a conservation pool.

In conclusion, the goals of conservation pool are:

  • Identify and classify as many species as possible in Laos.
  • Studying habitats and distribution of different species.
  • Create tools to identify species
  • Collect and publish information on the illegal exploitation of orchids.
  • Initiate and support a legal production for commercial purposes.
  • Promote knowledge about orchids and the danger of their disappearance.
  • present to the public orchids in Laos

Indirect: The trek orchids

We implanted a conservation of orchids in the park involving villagers who poach.
The main goal is to offer villagers an alternative income to the illegal trade of Orchids in the form of guides and development of housing in the village.
These are income-generating activities, the villagers, against part, undertake to stop the trade Orchid park.
other impacts of the project are:

  • Submit direct observation of Orchids in their natural environment enriched with a special contact with the villagers.
  • Promote and train management practices and sustainable incomes site
  • Generate a new source of revenue to fight against poverty
  • Being a model eco-tourism development sustainable by promoting biodiversity conservation and the involvement of local people.

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