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Our Forest Heritage

Renowned documentary film maker Peter Livermoore highlights in four episodes how people and their actions help conserve Lao natural heritage. The feature films were produced on behalf of ProCEEd and are broadcast by LNTV every Tuesday between 21 Feb and 14 March 2017. On this website, the links to the films will be activated once they have been broadcast.

1 - A Bird's Eye View

The first episode portrays the forest from a gibbon's canopy perspective. It is an incredible variety of life: big and small mammals, birds, insects, all depending on each other. The film also explores the importance of preserving the forests of Laos by accompanying a forest guard who protects the forest and who has understood the far reaching repercussions for our own lives if we don’t protect it.

2 - The Forest -  A Rich but Fragile Ecological System

The episode is set in Nam Kan National Protected Area in Bokeo Province and explains the complexity of the forest ecosystem, this time from a forest floor level perspective. The forest is an amazing living system with many functions vital to the natural environment. This ecosystem becomes fragile when trees are cut and the forest's capacities to protect the soil and control rain water is reduced.

3 - Forest Protection for Future Generations

Forest guards in the Nam Kan NPA protect gibbons through preserving their habitat. Their work is supported by the Gibbon Experience, an ecotourism venture aiming at ensuring a sustainable future for the Bokeo forest. The episode follows Kham, a forest guard and his comrades on their patrols into the forest. The patrol team are local people who live in the NPA. They know their life depends on the forest -  that is why they love to protect it for next generations.

4 - Our Forest - Our Children

The forest situation in Laos has changed and forests have been destroyed a lot. This episode focuses on the voice of local people who live in the heart of Nam Kan NPA, and their concerns regarding the importance of the forest for their livelihood. Kham, the forest guard, and some villagers show how much their life depends on forest products, and how much they are worried about their children's future.



Our Forest - Our Future

On this website, the links to the films will be activated once they have been broadcast.

1 - Forest is Key to Food Security

This episode shows that forests plays an important role in supplementing food and nutrition for people in rural areas. It will take the audience to experience how the livelihood and income of people in the Sangthong district have to depend on the forest and put the focus on the story of a man whose livelihood and income rely on forests products including food, wood, medicine etc. 

2 - Forest Man Concerns 

The story of a man in Sangthong District is at the heart of this episode. The man's life depends on the forest and shares his concerns about the forest situation: expansion of human settlement, mineral extraction, and over exploitation. The rapid decline in forest resources in Laos from 70% in 1969 to 40% today is presented. The question is how Laos canreach its targetof increasing forest cover up to 70% by 2020.

3 - Reforestation Improves Lifes

This episode presents a group of villagers in Sangthong District participating in tree planting activities that have helped improve their livelihood and economy. This is portrayed as a good model of the SUMALOM project for improving the forest situation in Laos. 



Wildlife Should Live in the Wild

Hin Nam No National Protected Area - Our Heritage

Understanding Biodiversity
The Lao Youth Union (LYU) has produced three mini-series on hot environmental issues on behalf of ProCEEd that are broadcast by LNTV every Tuesday between 11 April and 6 June 2017.


Wildlife Should Live in the Wild

Excessive Hunting for a Profit Makes Wildlife Disappear

Wildlife has become a valuable product not only for domestic markets in Laos but also for international markets. Due to market demand, wildlife trade has grown from the community level to provincial, national and international levels. This causes a serious threat to wild animals, especially endangered species. In turn, this will cause an imbalance in ecosystems and consequently affect the livelihoods of rural people. 

Wildlife for the Cooking Pot and for Sale

Consuming wildlife has been popular in Lao communities. In the Hin Boun District of Khammoune Province, wildlife hunting is part of people's livelihood. Wildlife that is difficult to find seems to be the most wanted. The way of hunting has changed – it is not only for domestic consumption but also for domestic and international markets and this puts wildlife at risk. 

Change of Action in Wildlife Protection

Wildlife in Laos is at risk while the demand for bush meat keeps soaring and wildlife trafficking is a good business for some groups of people. Due to difficulties in law enforcement, it is hard to stop wildlife trafficking and illegal trade. The lives of people in rural areas rely on wildlife in many ways, not only for domestic consumption. Therefore, hunting animals and using natural resources must be practiced in a sustainable way. 


Hin Nam No National Protected Area - Our Heritage

Born in Hin Nam No

The first episode introduced viewers to the background of Nin Nam Nor before it became a National Protected Area (NPA). The area is rich in forests and biodiversity. Local  people in the area, their belief and traditional way of living are unique. 

Challenges of the Hin Nam No National Protectd Area

The Lao government established the Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area in 1993. But the NPA is still facing a number of challenges. Tey threats include illegal logging and wild life poaching. The episode explores the challenges and problems through the voice of a co-management team at the village level which balances local and government responsibilities and benefits. 

Protecting the Hin Nam No National Protected Area

The HNN NPA has an impact on people’s livelihood in a number of ways. villagers start to understand the importance of the NPA for their life and their children's future. In this episode, viewers follow a local co-management team that works to protect the HNN area and shows how their work helps protect this potential World Heritage Site. 



Understanding Biodiversity
The Lao Youth Union (LYU) has produced three mini-series on hot environmental issues on behalf of ProCEEd that are broadcast by LNTV every Tuesday between 11 April and 6 June 2017.  


Learning about Biodiversity /Our Life and Biodiversity

In face biodiveristy has play a very important role in people livelihood from the house tht we live, food that we eat and handicraft that we use --they are all come from biodiversity. People may wonder why we need diversity of plants and wildlife? The feature will explain what biodiversity is and how important it is toward people's life through featuring the way of life of local people living near Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area.

Biodiversity in Danger

A number of factors such as unsustainable use of natural resources, over exploitation of timber and agriculture expansion have put Lao biodiversity in danger. The film will highlight the situation of biodiversity which is threaten mainly by human activities. These will eventually impacts the livelihood of Lao people living in rural areas and also the country economy. The story will focus the situation Hin Nam Nor area through voices of people living in the village

We conserve our Biodiversity

Since the loss of biodiversity is being concerned by the villager living in Nin Nam Nor Protected area find a way to conserve their natural resources. The film explores how the village deal with the problems/current situation and address the support from the district and government level regarding protection biodiversity in Laos. The story will be told by the villagers who actively help protect their own natural resources.