ProCEEd Evaluated in March 2014

Two German and a Lao expert evaluated the ProCEEd project in mid March 2014. During their 10-day mission in Vientiane and the Houaphan Province, the experts’ objective was to assess whether the project implemented by GIZ and DEQP/MoNRE has been successful in 2012-2014, and whether it should go into a second phase after November 2014. German development cooperation is currently the only donor investing major funds into environmental education, communication and awareness raising.

 

The evaluation mission interviewed the project team and stakeholders in Vientiane, and undertook a field visit to Houaphan Province to experience the environmental bus in action at villages in Huamouang District. The stakeholders consulted about progress and impacts of the ProCEEd project were the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) at MoNRE, Lao educational institutions, GIZ partner projects, the World Bank and other organizations. Given the importance of fostering knowledge and awareness on the environment in the country, all of the stakeholders confirmed the relevance of the initiative and the need for a continuation of the project for a longer period of time. “We highly appreciate the support to build the government’s capacity to run village campaigns and facilitate environmental reporting in the media. Environmental education should be seen as a life-long learning activity covering all parts of the population beyond school attendance, and that is exactly what ProCEEd is promoting” stated Ms Souvanny Phonevilay, ProCEEd’s National Project Director who is also Deputy Director of DEQP.

 

The evaluation team witnessed ProCEEd’s interactive approach to environmental education and communication, when it visited villages in Houaphan. The environmental bus team was conducting community-based and awareness raising on forest protection there. Hundreds of village people were involved in the whole day infotainment program comprising theatre, games, songs, films and group works. The program’s tremendous attractiveness and high degree of proactive community participation prove that learning about the environment can be fun for young and old.

 

However, the environmental bus tours are very time-consuming, costly and can only be conducted up to four times in each village per year. Therefore, the evaluation team concluded that if the project should be extended other, more frequent and low-input activities would be required to complement the bus tours. This could, for example, be a follow up of ProCEEd’s preparations for environmental radio programming at the provincial and district level as part of the project’s current integrated Environmental Education and Communication Strategy (EECS). A new Environmental Magazine by the Thakek and Boualapha radio stations of Lao National Radio, earmarked for support starting in May 2014, could possibly establish an interface for ongoing bus tours in the Khammouane Province.

 

The evaluation team was impressed seeing DEQP staff and volunteers performing environmental theatre and songs in front of large village audiences. This was a result of trainings and on-the-job coaching facilitated by ProCEEd in cooperation with service providers from civil society organizations. Therefore, the evaluation team indicated that capacity building could possibly be another future focus if the project should be extended. This would be an important venue to strengthen local ownership of environment education and awareness raising processes in Laos.

 

A decision regarding ProCEEd’s future will be taken by the Lao and German governments later this year. Given the positive feedback from the evaluation team, the ProCEEd staff at GIZ and DEQP hopes that the project will be extended for another phase beyond November 2014.

 

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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!