Environmental radio features produced by Khammouane Radio ‘on air’ in September 2017


ProCEEd is currently supporting radio journalists from Khammouane Provincial Radio in the production of environmental features. Eight 15-minute-long features will be ‘on air’ in September 2017. They will raise awareness of the local radio audience on the environmental topics of biodiversity conservation, wildlife conservation, forest protection, climate change, and co-management of protected areas

The production of the new features differs from what the radio journalist from Khammouane Radio are used to in the past. This time they went out extensively into the field to interview members of the public. 

The interviews took place in the Boualapha, Xebangfai, Mahaxai, Nakai, Thakek, and Hinboon Districts. Includingpeoples’s statements and opinions via original recordings is a standard part of quality radio features around the world and is called ‘Vox Pop’ or ‘Vox populi’. ‘Vox populi’ is a Latin language phrase that literally translated means "voice of the people".

Besides the voice of the people the features include environmental information provided by the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and other concerned government offices.

One feature focuses on a hunter and his family. The hunter describes the wildlife species that can be found around his village and explains the importance of the correct and legal hunting methods to ensure that the supply of wildlife remains sustainable. The feature also describes the threats to wildlife and about wildlife conservation activities in the region where the hunter lives.

The importance of intact forests for the livelihood of a village family is one topic of the interviews in another feature. The usage of forest products by the family is described and how the livelihood of the family is threatened by forest destruction. On a positive note the feature illustrates what the family is doing to protect the forest. Finally, the family sends a message of encouragement to the audience. They should support forest protection for the sake of all people.


A fisherman is interviewed in another feature. He explains the importance of fish for the livelihood of his family. He describes his fishing methods and is worried about the facts that the fish population and his catch are decreasing. However, the feature also reports on activities which ca be implemented to protect aquatic resources.

In Laos a large variety of medicinal plants are extensively used in traditional medicine. These plants are used by villagers and traditional doctors alike. Medicinal plants are an important part of the plant biodiversity in Laos.

One radio feature is dedicated to this topic. It raises awareness about the danger of losing medicinal plants and their healing power if the plant diversity is not carefully protected. The central character interviewed in this feature is a traditional doctor.

In the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in the Boualapha District a co-management approach for the management of the protected area is tested and implemented. In this approach villagers and government officials share tasks, responsibilities and benefits related to protected area management. One radio feature explains the theory behind this approach and gives examples of joint activities. A village ranger is interviewed and explains why he is part of a team that is patrolling the protected area. He also describes the challenges that his patrol team faces during patrolling.

We hope that these short teasers raised your awareness about the environmental radio features produced by Radio Khammouane. We encourage you to tune in and listen to all features in September 2017:


broadcast date

Sustainable hunting


Mekong fish reduction


Forests are the perfect home


Who owns nature?


Forests and the life cycle


Biodiversity means sustainable income


Plants save life


Climate change adaptation


For those who cannot receive Radio Khammouane the features will be made available as audio files on the ProCEEd website at http://www.laos-proceed.com/mass-media/environmental-radio/158.html.



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