Laos

SPI: 65.42

Species Protection Index Average: 41

National Report Card: Laos

Laos is a forested, mountainous country in Southeast Asia. Terrain is rugged and also includes plains and plateaus. The Mekong River forms part of Laos’s western border with Thailand. Laos has high biodiversity rarity of terrestrial land vertebrates at a global scale. When analysed as single taxons, the rarity of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles is also high. Most of the country is used for human activities, in its majority by rainfed agriculture. Challenges to biodiversity include deforestation; soil erosion; and water pollution.
18.59%

of land currently protected

2037

total land vertebrate species

33

endemic land vertebrate species

Species of significant conservation interest

Mekong Freshwater Ray

101
amphibians / 7 endemic
1424
birds / 2 endemic
247
mammals / 4 endemic
265
reptiles / 4 endemic

Information on this page was sourced from the CIA World Factbook and the Half-Earth Project Map.

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