SilviCarbon Agroforestry Laos


SilviCarbon Agroforestry Sole Co. Ltd., a company registered under the laws of Lao PDR, is operating an integrated landscape project, combining plantation forestry, carbon capture, native forest conservation and restoration, and farmer-driven agriculture. This hallmark project is 100% owned by SilviCarbon and embodies our mission of generating nature-based removals at scale with environmental integrity while also supporting local communities in the area.

We achieve this by applying the combined experience and expertise of the team, staying true to our commitments and setting a high standard for all nature-based carbon removal projects.


SilviCarbon Agroforestry Laos (SCALA) plants trees on land that has been degraded by shifting cultivation, also known as slash-and-burn farming. Through afforestation, the soil health is restored and its productivity regenerated. 

By incorporating the agroforestry model, SCALA provides a sustainable alternative to the destructive agricultural methods that are prevalent in the area. 

In order to ensure the long-term restoration of the project area to productive and safe land, SilviCarbon funds the professional removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the Vietnam War, which still to this day constitutes a clear and serious danger to local communities.

Collaboration with villages in the project area is a key aspect of the project, and SilviCarbon ensures that all local stakeholders benefit from the project activities. 

The project helps to stimulate the Lao economy by contributing to the fast-growing wood industry which is becoming increasingly valuable with the emergence of the bio-economy.

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Restoring Degraded Lands

Shifting cultivation is the most common agricultural practice in Laos and consists of cyclical burning of all vegetation in an area of land to prepare it for food production. 

This is a highly destructive practice responsible for the loss of vast areas of natural forest. Shifting agriculture ranks as the number one cause of CO2 emissions in Laos.

Rising populations and increased food demand has exacerbated these issues, putting the remaining natural forests of Laos at significant risk of deforestation.

At SCALA, we exclusively plant trees on land previously degraded by shifting agriculture. We do this to remove COfrom the atmosphere while regenerating the soil quality and avoiding further deforestation.


Agroforestry is an efficient land-use technique which combines forestry and agriculture to optimise productivity while achieving a range of extra benefits. It works by planting trees in rows and cultivating crops in between the trees, or using this space for livestock grazing. 

With agroforestry, SCALA provides a sustainable alternative to shifting agriculture while also supplying high-quality wood at competitive rates, reducing the incentive for illegal logging in the area. 

This model provides social, environmental and economic benefits in the form of safe and productive lands for villagers to cultivate, increased food security, protection of natural forests in the area and economic stimulation from wood commerce and employment opportunities. 

UXO Clearance

During the Vietnam War (1964-1973) the US dropped 270 million cluster bombs on Laos, equivalent to a planeload of bombs dropped every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. This makes Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world. 

One-third of all the bombs that were dropped did not explode upon impact. The unexploded ordnance (UXO) threatens the safety of Lao civilians, especially in the Southeast part of the country. 

Since the end of the war, 20.000 people have been killed or maimed by the remaining bombs. Of all UXO related accidents in Laos, 60% result in death and 40% of the victims are children. 

Due to the high costs associated with UXO clearance, the Lao government has only been able to remove 1% of all remaining bombs. 

SCALA hires professional teams to clear UXO from the entire project area. This creates a safe working environment for our employees, many of whom are villagers who have witnessed the devastating effects of UXO first-hand.

Community Support

SilviCarbon values communication and collaboration with local stakeholders highly. In line with this, all of our projects uphold the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) which ensures that local stakeholders understand the implications of the project thoroughly before deciding whether to accept the project. 

SCALA maintains extensive communication throughout the operation of the project to foster relationships with local communities and authorities. These are mutually beneficial, as the project provides employment in a rural area with limited opportunities, where the villagers provide an eager and competent workforce in return. 

To increase the positive impact of the project on local communities, SCALA also contributes to village funds aimed at improving the living conditions in and around the villages. The funds are managed by village leaders with guidance from local governments. The most common expenditures are infrastructure and education. 

Economic Stimulation

SCALA and other large-scale forest plantations in Laos contribute significantly to the national economy by offering sustainable, high-quality wood products to international markets. 

Given its high availability of land and fast growth-rates, the forestry industry has the potential to lift Laos out of its least developed country status. 

In addition to bolstering the overall economy in Laos, SCALA also takes a targeted approach to alleviating poverty in one of the lowest-income regions in the country. 

SilviCarbon Agroforestry Laos Sole Ltd. – Sustainability Statements