Environmental Bus Promotes Biodiversity and Wildlife Protection in Rural Khammouane

On 18 Nov, 2013 the Environmental Bus Tour started going rural: a one-month tour until mid January 2014 will cover 14 villages in the Boualapha District near the Hin Nam No National Protected Area (HNN-NPA). This is also the project site of the Lao-German nature conservation project implemented by GIZ and the respective Lao Government partners. The tour was prepared by PADETC, the Participatory Development Training Center, a non-profit organization engaged in interactive education and communication for development. This time, the focus is on biodiversity, wildlife and NPA co-management. The tour is a follow-up of the October visit when a DEQP team promoted NPA co-management with local government agencies in Thakek and Boualapha, Khammouane Province.

 

The bus team – comprising staff members from PADECT, DEQP and the HNN project – implemented morning activities at schools, which involved children through a diversity of games, songs, movie screening, and drawing contests. In the afternoon, village people engaged in observation walks and discussion rounds, which were related to livelihood aspects of their economics, environment, culture, and wellbeing. Results from the school activities and discussions were presented during community events in the evening. Several thousand people were attracted to movie screenings, a theatre play, quizzes and songs, which again combined factual information and entertainment. One of the major challenges was to connect complex information such as on climate change or co-management to the educational tools chosen, e.g. theatre plays on biodiversity conservation or NPA co-management. Another challenge was the cold weather during the rainy season in 18-31 Nov, 2013 when the bus team did a first round of the villages to introduce the topics and investigate the current environmental situation together with school children, village authorities and gender-specific community groups. The second round 22-29 Dec, 2013 and 5-14 Jan and 8-18 Feb, 2014 are planned to be more action-oriented, with interactive games, theatre performance and presentations on biodiversity, wildlife and co-management by youth and adults.

 

The tour relies on a 14-seater bus, which is solar-powered so that it provides 4-5 hours of energy for the electronic devices installed. A large white screen can be fixed to one side of the vehicle so that movies can be screened by means of a mobile projector and a computer-assisted multimedia system. An environmental truck will be operational later in 2014. It will offer additional facilities for traveling exhibitions, in-door film screening, playing interactive games and engaging in other non-formal environmental education activities.

 

DEQP and PADETC staff participated in preparation workshops organized by ProCEEd, where they learned how to use interactive moderation and visualization methods. The workshops enabled them to develop skills in brainstorming techniques, team building exercises or mini-drama sessions which are meant to trigger learning processes and to raise environmental awareness. In 2014, the two vehicles will keep touring Vientiane and the Khammouane, Houaphanh and Sayaboury provinces for periods of about a month each. The environmental non-formal education activities provided through the bus are part of a well-coordinated multi-year strategy supervised by MoNRE. ProCEEd supports national mass media and community communication channels to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the environment, biodiversity and climate change in Laos.

 

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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!