ProCEEd/ProFEB, together with PONRE Khammouane, implement EEA activities under the topic “Waste management, biodiversity conservation and forest protection” at Sikhottabong festival

The traditional Sikhottabong festival is held in January every year. This year, Khammouane Province established 2018 to be its first “Visit Lao Year”, bringing in thousands of visitors around the country to come and enjoy the festival.  At the same time, the Khammoune provincial department of natural resources and environment (PONRE) and GIZ’s Promotion of Climate-related Environmental Education (ProCEEd) component, under the programme of Protection and Sustainable Use of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Laos (ProFEB), found that it was a pleasant opportunity to implement Environmental Education and Awareness raising (EEA) activities for communities. With the agreement of both ProCEEd and PONRE, the activities were organized under the topic “waste management, biodiversity conservation and forest protection”. Visitors who joined ProCEEd and PONRE’s EEA activities could learn how to categorize waste types, and how to manage their waste properly, such as putting it in the right dustbins or a black plastic bag provided at the festival, which is a method to reduce and protect from rubbish spreading in the festival and on streets. Besides that, visitors also got welled oriented with biodiversity conservation and forest protection information that was presented by the team.


The EEA activities were conducted from 25 – 30 January 2018 in Nongbok district, Khammouane province. In a collaboration between PONRE and ProCEEd. there were several activities such as disseminating information on biodiversity conservation and forest protection, a photo exhibition of a balanced ecosystem, and leading visitors to collect waste in the festival site. Various tools were used such as a rental tent, tables, chairs, loud speakers, related photos (of wild animals, nature, forests, and so on), 10 facts flyers and other posters. The photo exhibition and information dissemination booth was one of the most attractive activities that caught visitors’ attention, especially children, students, government officials and the local population. A team was assigned to stand by the booth and provide detailed explanations for participants who were interested in any photos or information. Furthermore, the photos exhibition and information dissemination booth were honorably visited by Mr. Sonexai Siphandone, Deputy Prime Minister.


Together with the activities above, the team also held a waste management activity by exploring the festival site and collecting waste from 5 PM to 8 PM every day. Local people much preferred to come and enjoy the festival in the late afternoon and evening, so a lot of waste was generated. Luckily, it was not very hot, which is the best time to implement outdoor activities as described. Consequently, it was a good opportunity to spread knowledge and information on waste management to visitors and merchants. Various tools and equipment such as a loud speaker, microphone, gloves, masks and waste containers were used. The team walked around in order to provide information and invite visitors to join and collect waste around the festival.


Based on the EEA activities implemented, the team found that visitors and merchants were fascinated in being involved and participating in waste management activities, such as collecting waste and separating waste properly into the containers.  Participants also fully attended the corner with the photo exhibition and information dissemination booth related to biodiversity conservation and forest protection. As a result, they learned about and understood the relationship between humans, biodiversity and natural resources, and realized that all beings are dependent on each other. We all cannot survive without natural resources: forests, wildlife, fresh air, clean water and a healthy ecosystem.


 

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