Local Government in Khammouane Learns about Co-Management through Environmental Bus Tour

Staff members of DEQP hopped ProCEEd’s environmental bus for Khammouane from 27 Oct to 1 Nov, 2013. They surprised their colleagues in the provincial capital, Thakek, and in Boualapha District with a total of six programs on biodiversity, wildlife and the new concept of co-management in the nearby Hin Nam No National Protected Area (NPA). The four bus tour programs in Thakek and two in Boualapha, each 1.5 hours, were attended by a total of almost 200 provincial and district staff from the Governor’s Office, Police, Armed Forces, Lao Women and Youth Union, and the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Industrial and Commerce, Public Works, Education, Health, Justice, Information, Culture and Tourism, and Planning and Investment.


Using an infotainment approach, factual information was combined with entertaining songs and games, fostering participants’ curiosity and involvement in the subject. The main feature of presentations in Khammouane was co-management in the Hin Nam No NPA. Co-management is a new approach in Laos. Based on Decree 164/PM, the government establishes NPAs within geographical boundaries to maintain natural ecosystems for plants and animals of high biodiversity value. NPAs limit human occupation and restrict natural resource utilization and development activities harmful to the area’s environment. An NPA is divided into different zones which helps the management of natural resources, resident and visitor use. Management activities include zoning, patrolling, species monitoring, maintenance, research etc. The co-management of NPAs means that the government together with the rural population living close to a protected area negotiates a fair sharing of management functions, rights and responsibilities. This combines conservation objectives and community utilization rights, and offers benefits for biodiversity conservation, wildlife protection and local livelihoods. In return for protection and management work villagers receive benefits, e.g. from forest products or eco-tourism which add to income generation.



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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.


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.


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!