2012 – 2018
- To improve knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding environmental and biodiversity protection as well as climate change adaptation in Laos
ProCEEd is a German development cooperation project implemented by the Lao Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The project aims at improving knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding environmental and biodiversity protection as well as climate change adaptation in Laos. To this effect, a wide range of national mass media, community communication channels and non-formal education activities are combined in a well-coordinated multi-year Environmental Education and Communication Strategy (EECS) supervised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE).
(from radio announcer of LNR Thakhek, FM102, in the context of the “For the Environment” radio program in the Khammouane Province)
“Today, we will inform our listeners about the concept of co-management between the authorities and villagers in the Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area in Boualapha District. We’ll have interviews from many experts on forest management. Stay tuned for the details. … Listeners, you have just heard interviews with government specialists. They have explained the co-management approach regarding the conservation forest and some of the benefits of forest protection. … Now, it’s time to listen to the opinions of the general public on the new management approach of the Hin Nam No National Protected Area.”
ProCEEd’s focus during 2012-2014 was on areas in Sayaboury, Houaphan and Khammouane where other Lao-German projects related to climate change adaptation, forest and biodiversity protection are implemented. For ProCEEd II in 2015-2017, the project added Bolikhamxai as a fourth province, where awareness raising on waste management takes place.
Environmental Tours 2013 – 2017
Volunteers from various organizations regularly engage in environmental education activities on Environmental Tours in more than 80 villages, six districts and four provinces throughout Laos. There are three types of tours. So-called village tours aim at raising awareness regarding environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior in more than 60 villages, incl. 35 schools of three districts in Khammouane, Houaphan, and Sayaboury. In addition, so-called government tours inform representatives of government agencies in provincial and district capitals on themes relevant to climate change, forest protection, biodiversity and wildlife conservation. The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) takes over the government tours while DEQP runs the village tours together with PADETC, an NGO specializing in education for sustainable development. The Mobile Conservation Unit (MCU) of the National University of Laos and DEQP are in charge of a third type of environmental tours, which focus on waste management in 20 villages and 40 schools in the Bolikhamxay Province. All the tours are based on interactive methods and media such as entertaining games, contests, theatre, puppet shows, films etc. in addition to informative poster series, demonstrations, focus group discussions and other participatory rapid appraisal tools.
Lao Mass Media Provide Regular Information about the Environment
Providing viewers, listeners and readers in Laos with relevant information on environmental issues is an important task of the country’s mass media. Therefore, ProCEEd supports regular environmental TV and radio programs. In addition, the project provides regular articles on environmental issues to the Vientiane Times and Pasaxon, the country’s major English and Lao newspapers. These mass media activities puts ProCEEd’s objective into practice that knowledge, attitudes and behavior related to the environment, biodiversity and climate change in Laos will improve through better access to relevant information. Lao National Radio (LNR) and Lao National TV (LNTV) cooperate closely with ProCEEd. LNR’s and LNTV’s environmental radio program are broadcast every Monday morning, respectively Sunday evening. Interactive journalistic formats such as features and interviews with ordinary citizens in addition to government officials and technical experts make the magazines more lively and entertaining so listeners better understand the information on the environmental impacts of climate change, deforestation or the over-exploitation of natural resources. ProCEEd supports these measures through capacity development on journalistic and communication skills. Starting in 2016, environmental feature productions in combination with quality management, local training and coaching will be extended to four radio stations in the two provinces.