Background on Environmental Awareness and Climate Change in Laos

ProCEEd aims at counterbalancing the low environmental awareness in Laos. A Knowledge-Attitudes-Practices (KAP) survey in 2012 revealed that large sections of the rural population as well as political and economic decision-makers lack knowledge about the correlation between sustainable development and environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and climate change. Mass media, schools, teacher training institutes and the agricultural and forestry extension services as well as mass organisations pay limited attention to environmental and climate-related issues. Moreover, mass media outreach in Laos is restricted by geographical, socio-economic and language barriers. The limited capacity of communication and education systems in Laos makes it difficult to position environmental and climate-related issues in public discourse. At the same time, law enforcement and the implementation of environmental protection and climate policy is inconsistent, and the rural population lacks the knowhow and capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change at the local level.

 

The low environmental awareness in Laos is a substantial challenge because the national economy is highly dependent on natural resources. Some of the country's crucial forms of natural resource utilisation such as rain-fed rice cultivation and hydro-power generation are threatened by climate change. The socio-economic dependence on a limited number of natural resources sensitive to climate change results in a low climate change adaptation capacity. The resulting impacts will most severely affect people living in rural areas whose livelihoods depend largely on forest ecosystems and smallholder agriculture. In addition, unsustainable hunting and timber exploitation, expanding agriculture, and the granting of large concessions for hydro-power development, mining and monoculture farming projects have put a tremendous strain on Laos's natural resources. Deforestation, loss of biodiversity, declining availability of non-timber products and shrinking fish stocks are some of the major environmental factors that put poor rural families at risk in particular.

 

NEWS

Second Survey on Environmental Awareness in Laos

As a follow-up to the 2012 KAP survey, ProCEEd launched a post-KAP in November 2016. It will compare results from 2012 with the ones from 2016. More...

Comic Book and Illustrations on Wildlife Conservation

ProCEEd published a comic book and a series of illustrations on wildlife conservation used on the 2016 Environmental Tour. More...

Training on Provincial Environmental Radio Programs

ProCEEd trained journalists from radio stations in Khammouane and Houaphan on environmental radio program productions. More...



ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS



You can now watch 12 professionally produced documentary films broadcast on LNTV in 2017. Three or four episodes of 15 minutes each make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic, e.g. wildlife or forest protection. More films supported by ProCEEd and other GIZ projects are shown as well.

ENVIRONMENTAL RADIO



You can listen in to selected radio programs produced by LNR Khammouane in Thakek and Boualapha as well as by LNR Huaphan in Sam Neua and Houameuang. Some of them have even been translated into Khmu and Hmong language. Three 15-min episodes make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOURS



At the provincial and district level, Environmental Tours with entertaining environmental education activities regularly tour four provinces and Vientiane Capital. A bus and a truck using solar-powered equipment facilitate film, theatre and local learning and discussion initiatives. Don’t miss the tour!