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Faltas, Sami, Glenn McDonald and Camilla Waszink. 2001 ‘Asia-Pacific: Selected Programmes.’ Removing Small Arms From Society: A Review of Weapons Collection and Destruction Programmes; Occasional Paper No. 2, p. 20. Geneva: Small Arms Survey , the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. 1 July
Asia-Pacific: Selected Programmes
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Laos Department of Forestry have implemented the Gun Hand-Over Programme designed to reduce hunting and wildlife trade in the country's National Biodiversity Conservation Areas (NBCAs).
The programme was carried out by local authorities, with the assistance of the Laotian military and IUCN staff, in Nakai-Nam Theun NBCA (Nakai District, Khammouane Province) in 1996-98. The collection programme targeted districts surrounding the NBCA where hunting was common among local villages.
In 1996-97, the three districts targeted were Khamkeut, Nakai, and Ngommalath. In 1998, the programme was extended to include Viengthong district.
Even though some 9,000 firearms were collected during the programme, it appears that significant numbers of weapons remain in these areas (World Conservation Union, 2000).