Civil society and government hand-in-hand developing capacities for environmental education and awareness in Lao PDR

ProCEEd’s mobile environmental education and awareness tour, held from February-April 2018, raised village and government awareness on the topic of co-management of national protected areas (NPAs) in our target provinces of Khamouanne and Xayaboury.


Before ProCEEd sent the implementation teams to field, a series of trainings were conducted aiming to prepare the teams not only on environmental topics, but also on effective methods for environmental education and awareness.


The capacity building program for the tour teams was divided into two main modules. The first module focused on environmental inputs; design of tour activities for pupils, villagers, government authorities and community in general; and the development of didactic games. The second module focused on theater techniques and the production of a theater play for the tour.


The capacity building program was implemented by DEQP/MoNRE together with Mind Media/PADETC. All trainers had already been formally taught to be trainers by ProCEEd. During implementation of the training sessions, the trainers were coached by ProCEEd’s non-formal environmental education adviser.


For the technical theater training, ProCEEd collaborated with the well-known Khao Niew theater group in the production and direction of three teams.


During the workshop, DEQP and Mind Media volunteers, who ran the tours, enhanced their knowledge on co-management and their skills in environmental education methods and tools. Among many subjects, they learned about: 1) the concept of national protected areas (NPA); the importance of biodiversity; wildlife conservation, with a focus on the IUCN Red List; and laws and regulations regarding NPAs in Laos. These helped the staff and volunteers better understand what a national protected area is, which species are endangered, the basics of the management of these areas, and what each IUCN Red List category means; 2) environmental songs as tools to promote awareness, which can be very useful for working with young pupils; 3) work in communities; the importance of team work, leadership, coordination and organization, which are essential for field work during the tours; 4) environmental education activities and games development: how the trainers can produce didactically efficient awareness materials with little or no cost,  and how to produce materials to match with activities and objectives; 5) development of specific activities and games about co-management; for example, the collecting game, forest area game, and posters on 10 facts on co-management and the forest-human life cycle; 6) how to produce and perform a theater show.


Learning new methods and tools helped the team to develop and integrate educational games and activities, which fostered audience participation in the tour program. Furthermore, the training also focused on presentation skills and techniques, helping the participants learn how to communicate, inform others, and raise understanding about co-management, and the need to protect NPAs. Participants practiced new didactical elements, games and activities before they summarized what they learned.


The ProCEEd tour on co-management of National Protected Areas visited more than 39 remote villages in Khamouanne and Xayaboury. The focus of the tour was on co-management in Laos, its vulnerability and essential relation to the sustainable livelihood of Lao people in rural areas. DEQP staff implemented the government tours, while Mind Media/PADETC ran the village tours. ProCEEd’s environmental tours aim at increasing villagers’ and local governments’ awareness, understanding, and sense of ownership of the need for environmental management and protection.


With this approach, ProCEEd not only increased the technical capacity of its government partners, DEQP/MoNRE, and promoted active involvement of civil society in environmental education and awareness, but also strengthened the cooperation between DEQP and civil society organisations, as for example with Mind Media/PADETC. ProCEEd is a practical example that government and civil society working hand-in-hand can achieve far more than working alone.


 

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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!