Laos

GDP (PPP) per capita (2015): 5,341.31 Int. Dollar Population (2015): 6,802,023 HDI (2015): 0.57
ND-GAIN Country Index rank 122
Score: 44.8
Trend:
up
Vulnerability 0.489
Readiness 0.384

The high vulnerability score and low readiness score of Laos places it in the upper-left quadrant of the ND-GAIN Matrix. It has both a great need for investment and innovations to improve readiness and a great urgency for action. Laos is the 53rd most vulnerable country and the 68th least ready country.

ND-GAIN Ranking since 1995

Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Ranking
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147
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144
143
147
144
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139
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128
123
122
Denotes worst scores
Indicator 1996 to 2015 Score
Vulnerability
0.489
Food
0.567
Projected change of cereal yields
0.941
Projected population change
0.576
Food import dependency
0.021
Rural population
0.662
Agriculture capacity
0.774
Child malnutrition
0.427
Water
0.538
Projected change of annual runoff
0.600
Projected change of annual groundwater recharge
0.726
Fresh water withdrawal rate
0.010
Water dependency ratio
0.593
Dam capacity
0.763
Access to reliable drinking water
0.533
Health
0.469
Projected change of deaths from climate change induced diseases
0.091
Projected change in vector-borne diseases
0.127
Dependency on external resource for health services
1.000
Slum population
0.324
Medical staff
0.913
Access to improved sanitation facilities
0.357
Ecosystem Services
0.511
Projected change of biome distribution
0.471
Projected change of marine biodiversity
0
Natural capital dependency
1.000
Ecological footprint
0.529
Protected biome
0.064
Engagement in international environmental conventions
1.000
Human Habitat
0.471
Projected change of warm periods
0.119
Projected change of flood hazard
0.405
Urban concentration
0.316
Age dependency ratio
0.418
Quality of trade and transport infrastructure
0.698
Paved roads
0.870
Infrastructure
0.377
Projected change of hydropower generation capacity
-
Projected change of sea level rise impacts
-
Dependency on imported energy
-
Population living under 5m above sea level
0
Electricity access
0.369
Disaster preparedness
0.763
Methodology

ND-GAIN Country Index

Methodology The ND-GAIN Country Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.

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