Sayaboury Villagers Learn about Participatory Forest Management and Wildlife Conservation

Young and old in 17 villages in the Phieng District of Sayaboury Province enjoyed ProCEEd's environmental education tour in the first two weeks of June 2015. More than 6,500 people learned about the importance of wildlife conservation and forest protection through ProCEEd's non-formal education program. This was the second time since 2013 that the project's Environmental Tour reached Sayaboury.  

A ProCEEd team of 27 trained DEQP and PADETC volunteers used games, music, and a theater play to engage the villagers. The activities may at first glance look like an entertainment event. But they are indeed very effective educational tools to promote environmental awareness and foster positive attitudes towards its protection as they entertain and educate at the same time.  

The educational program in each village started with singing environmental songs and dancing and playing educational games at the local schools in the morning. More than 1,500 students of 17 village schools actively approached the interactions between humans, forests and wildlife. They understood the effects of deforestation and engaged in the promotion of sustainable use of natural resources and participatory management through planting trees in the school areas.  

In the afternoon, the adult village population in each village learned about participatory forest management and sustainable use of natural resources. Woman and youth groups, administrative authorities as well as village elderly enjoyed the educational program, increased their knowledge and shared best practices related to co-management. This way, almost 1,000 adults participated in ProCEEd activities during this year's Environmental Tour in Sayaboury alone.

In each of the 17 villages, the tour offered an evening program for the whole community. Altogether,  approximately 3,800 people joined the evening events in Sayaboury. Both villagers and the tour team presented results of activities implemented throughout the day to the entire community, including movie shows and interactive games. The highlight of the evening in all of the villages was a 20-minute theater play about forest protection and participatory management.

 

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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!