ProCEEd holds planning operation workshop to discuss future of project

On 7 November, 2017, Promotion of Climate-related Environmental Education (ProCEEd) together with representatives of the Department of Environment Promotion (DEQP) held a planning operation workshop to present the next phase of the ProCEEd project, ProCEEd III. The two organisations discussed structure, success indicators, an operation plan and future activities in detail, as well as deliberated on how to manage ProCEEd effectively and which DEQP members should coordinate specific activities within the ProCEEd framework.


ProCEEd III will be a component of The Protection of Sustainable Utilisation of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Laos (ProFEB), a new German cooperation program which will merge three projects: ProCEEd, Integrated Nature Conservation & Sustainable Resource Management in the Hin Nam No Region (HNN), and Support to the Lao EU-FLEGT Process (ProFLEGT). ProFEB will run until March 2019 but is likely to be extended.


ProCEEd III will implement its activities under ProFEB’s success indicator: “Government authorities and non-state actors have, in cooperation with each other, improved the conditions for sustainable management of timber and forest resources.” ProCEEd III’s specific indicators are as follows: 1) The number of civil society organisations (CSOs) the Environmental Education and Awareness raising (EEA) coordination working group at MoNRE/DEQP uses for planning of environmental education measures is increased to three CSOs; and, 2) Knowledge and attitudes of the local population and government representatives regarding the environment and biodiversity are increased in the target areas of the project.


ProCEEd’s Development Advisor (DA) presented non-formal EEA activities ProCEEd uses in Khammouane Province, including: EEA activities with target villages, in traditional festivals or special events, and at schools; human capacity building such as moderation workshops, teachers’ trainings, and theater trainings; and planning and implementation workshops. The DA also introduced one CSO, Anouluk Organization, to the workshop, which could be instrumental in expanding the EEA coordination working group.


ProCEEd’s non-formal EEA coordinator then introduced the operation plan for non-formal EEA and its activities in detail. ProCEEd, together will DEQP, will continue to implement government tours and village tours in target provinces (Khammoune and Xayyabuly) about forest protection, wildlife and biodiversity conservation, climate change, etc., using multi-preparation, infotainment approaches. ProCEEd will continue to implement EEA activities in traditional festivals and other events, such as the boat racing festival, That Luang festival, etc. ProCEEd will also concentrate on human capacity building in DEQP and CSOs to strengthen staff’s technical skills, for instance by supporting DEQP to participate in an ASEAN working group, holding trainings and workshops, and supporting participation in study tours and environment-related meetings in the region.


Later, ProCEEd’s junior media coordinator proposed a media plan and activities to the plenary, which include broadcasting ProCEEd’s TV documentaries, videos, and radio spots; publishing environmentally-themed comic strips, articles and quizzes in newspapers; hosting photo competitions and exhibitions; and continually updating the ProCEEd website.


In order to smooth the working process, DEQP assigned a coordinator for non-formal EEA and human capacity building, as well as for media work, which will facilitate better coordination and success. All participants agreed to hold management team meetings and technical meetings regularly to monitor and discuss the project framework.


The planning workshop was a success: ProCEEd III’s framework, indicators, operation plan and each activity were reviewed; media plans were deeply discussed; participants provided feedback that led to the alteration of some activities; and coordinators for specific work area are assigned. Following this meeting, the pathway to implementing and succeeding with ProCEED III is clear, and participants look forward to continuing their work.


 

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