Activities in Provinces

In the context of the extension of ProCEEd until September 2017, two German development advisors (DAs) and their Lao assistants started supporting ProCEEd in cooperation with the Provincial Offices of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE) in the Khammouane and Houaphan Provinces. The main goal of the two DAs, Jonas Ewert and Uwe Diehl, is to strengthen the project's cooperation with government officials and other Lao-German projects at the province and district level. They support the environmental bus and truck that tour villages and towns in the provinces at least twice a year, and set up additional non-formal environmental education activities with schools etc. In addition, the two advisors help manage a regular environmental radio program in the two provinces. After a seven-week preparation phase in Vientiane that started in July, Jonas Ewert moved to Thakek, Khammouane and Uwe Diehl to Sam Neua, Houaphan last September. Supported by two field assistants for interpretation and organizational tasks, the DAs do the planning together with their PONRE counterparts.

Jonas Ewert is a passionate biologist who loves to communicate the value, wisdom and beauty of nature. To him, ProCEEd's major challenge is related to communication - pointing out successfully how important a healthy environment is for village livelihood. Jonas Ewert has four years of experience in a large natural history museum in Frankfurt a.M., Germany. His strength is to describe scientific topics to different target audiences. He loves the challenges of this position in Khammouane, especially as far as working in an intercultural context in rural areas with a non-formal approach of environmental education is concerned.

His assistant Anoulack Sinouvong graduated from Savannakhet Teacher Training College as an English teacher. She loves to communicate, travel and enjoy nature. Anoulack Sinouvong has four years of experience in eco-tourism with the Provincial Tourism Department of Savannakhet Province and has worked as a financial officer with the World Bank,  a position linked to community development.

The work of Uwe Diehl focuses on the Houa Muong and Sam Neua Districts of Houaphan Province. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Forestry. Before taking up his assignment for ProCEEd, Uwe Diehl worked with the forest administration in the German city of Berlin for eleven years, setting up and managing non-formal forest education centers that focused on young urban visitors. For the past seven years, he worked for the Berlin Nature Foundation in project coordination and accounting. Uwe Diehl is currently supporting ProCEEd and PONRE Houaphan from the project's headquarters in Vientiane.

His assistant, Syvanh Sotouky, obtained a Bachelor degree in Environmental Management from NUoL. He worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company in Vientiane Capital as a water and waste water treatment technician for one year.

ProCEED Team

In addition to the Environmental Tours in the Khammouane and Houaphan Province, the two DAs ProCEEd support environmental education and awareness raising activities that are organized by the respective PONRE, often in cooperation with schools. In addition, they support environmental radio programs with a total of four LNR radio stations at the provincial and district level in the two provinces.

Recent News

posted 3 Sept, 2016

Hands-on Training on the Production of Provincial Environmental Radio Programs

ProCEEd trained more than 70 radio journalists from four provincial and district radio stations in Khammouane  and Houaphan on the production of environmental radio programs. The training aimed at enhancing the journalists’ basic knowledge and capacities about environmental issues. The trainings were held in Thakhek, Khammouane Province on 27 July, 2016 and in Samneua, Houaphan Province on 5 Aug, 2016. More...

osted 1 Sept, 2016

Capacity Development on Environmental Education for Province and District Staff in Khammouane

ProCEEd held a Introduction into Environmental Education workshop in Thakek, Khammouane on 23-25 August, 2016. Nine participants from PONRE Thakhek and three from DONRE Boualapha achieved a better understanding of what environmental education is all about by means of an overview and examples as well as working group sessions on related outreach activities. The workshop aimed at developing capacities related to environmental education activities. More...

Posted on 15 June, 2016

Environmental Awareness Raising Activities Conducted by PONRE in Khammouane

On 25-26 May, 2016 the Khammouane Provincial Office for Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE) in cooperation with ProCEEd conducted its first field activities in Boualapha District. The activities aimed at learning about forest protection and natural disasters. The ProCEEd team comprised three volunteers from PONRE Thakhek and DONRE Boualapha. After a period of planning and preparation, the team practiced its skills in Dou and Nongbua village. More...

Posted on 29 Feb, 2016

Useful Resources in the Garbage

On 20-21 February 2016, ProCEEd in cooperation with the Mobile Conservation Unit (MCU) of the National University of Laos and officials of the Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE) seized the opportunity of the Sikhottabong Festival in Thakhek, Khammouane Province to stage non-formal environmental education activities on solid waste management. More...

Posted on 30 Jan, 2016

Thakhek Schools Enjoy Environmental Tour

On 23 January 2016, ProCEEd welcomed around 220 young people to an evening event of the ProCEEd environmental tour in Thakhek, the capital of Khammouane Province. The Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE) as the organizer of the event appreciated that so many students, their parents and Thakhek citizens accepted the invitation which had been distributed at schools and through the radio. More...



Second Survey on Environmental Awareness in Laos

As a follow-up to the 2012 KAP survey, ProCEEd launched a post-KAP in November 2016. It will compare results from 2012 with the ones from 2016. More...

Comic Book and Illustrations on Wildlife Conservation

ProCEEd published a comic book and a series of illustrations on wildlife conservation used on the 2016 Environmental Tour. More...

Training on Provincial Environmental Radio Programs

ProCEEd trained journalists from radio stations in Khammouane and Houaphan on environmental radio program productions. More...


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!