ProCEEd Team Completed

Due to the extension of ProCEEd until September 2017, six additional staff members joined the project in 2015. A new international advisor filled a position vacant since the end of 2014. Two German development advisors (DAs) started supporting ProCEEd in cooperation with the Provincial Offices of Natural Resources and Environment (PONRE) in the Khammouane and Houaphan Provinces. As raising environmental awareness through the mass media remains a key objective, two Lao media coordinators have teamed up with the project staff. Finally, a German young professional has arrived to assist ProCEEd as a trainee.


Cristina Georgii, the new international advisor put up work last May. Her main responsibility within the project is environmental education, particularly the coordination of the Environmental Tours. She has a background in wildlife medicine and years of experience in formal and non-formal environmental education. Cristina Georgii has been working with edutainment methods for more than ten years, especially promoting the use of puppets for education. Before joining ProCEEd, she worked as an advisor for the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation in the Philippines for seven years, where she assisted the design and implementation of education campaigns promoting biodiversity conservation. One of the highlights was her work with a local NGO that used puppet theatre to promote environmental conservation. On the Galapagos Islands, Cristina Georgii coordinated the environmental education program of the Charles Darwin Foundation for six years. Using formal and non-formal education, the program aimed at increasing environmental awareness of the islands' communities.


The main goal of the two DA’s, Jonas Ewert and Uwe Diehl, is to strengthen the project's cooperation with government officials and other Lao-German projects at the prov-ince 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, green clubs 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 DA’s 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 Phonevisay Silivong likes working with rural communities in regard with environmental education and the mass media. He holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and Art of English from the University of Laos (NUoL). Phonevisay gained working experience at the Water Resources Information Centre of MoNRE and on land management and development in Savannakhet Province.


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.


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 has been raising environmental awareness through newspapers, environmental radio and TV magazines broadcast nationwide and an environmental radio program in Khammouane. Since mid October 2015, two Lao media coordinators share the responsibility to co-ordinate the related production, programming and training efforts. In addition, a German young professional assists ProCEEd’s print media activities.

As a freelance journalist and documentary maker, Vannaphone Sitthirath is in charge of TV and film productions at ProCEEd. She has contributed to various media projects and news agencies including Inter Press Service Asia-Pacific. Given her passion for film and television, she completed the Queensland School of Film and TV Production and holds a Master’s de-gree in Journalism and Communication from Griffith University, Australia. Vannaphone Sitthirath's documentary film So Close won a special prize in the 2008 International Women’s Film Festival in the Philippines. She is one of the co-founders of Lao New Wave Cinema Productions.


Sysomphane Sengthavideth focuses on ProCEEd’s radio programs and training. Her competence is in improving non-formal education and the use of mass media for environmental management. As a passionate conservationist, she is always curious to improve her knowledge and skills through exchange experiences with colleagues and partners. Sysomphane Sengthavideth relies on her convincing interpersonal communication skills when working as a trainer or in the field. For almost ten years, she gained experience in the conservation education outreach program of the Wildlife Conservation Society.


The new staff members closely work together with three colleagues who joined ProCEEd from its very beginning in early 2012 respectively in late 2014.


Michael Trockenbrodt is the GIZ Project Director of ProCEEd. Since 1995, he has been working for German development cooperation in the fields of forestry, natural resources management, climate change, and environmental education. Before joining the project in 2012, he supported the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Laos for four years. Michael Trockenbrodt spent more than ten years as an adviser to the School of International Tropical Forestry of Universiti Malaysia Sabah and the Forest Research Centre of the Sabah Forestry Department on Malaysian Borneo. He has MSc and PhD degrees in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Hamburg in Germany and started his professional career as a scientist at the German Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products.


Chanthala Koukeomanivong, ProCEEd's translator and national advisor, possesses wide-ranging experience in diverse fields. She worked as an assistant for a JICA tourism development project and as a junior advisor of a pro-poor sustainable tourism project of SNV in Luang Prabang. EDC employed her as a project analyst for a USAID project with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Chanthala Koukeomanivong also gained experience in the private sector, doing PR for international hotels in Vientiane and advising a Lao silk import-ing business in Australia. In 2007, she completed her Master's degree in Tourism and Hotel Business Management from Southern Cross University in Australia. In addition, she holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science and Humanities from NUoL.


Anong Phimmeuang has been the heart and soul of the ProCEEd project since 2012. As administration officer she is in charge of accounting, procurement and contracting, workshop preparations, and general office management. After graduating from NUoL as an English teacher in 2000, Anong Phimmeuang worked as an interpreter, project secretary, and administration officer for health, education and poverty alleviation projects of Medicine Sans Frontier, Safe the Children and Action Contre La Faime in Sekong and Louangnamtha province as well as Vientiane Capital. Before she took up her current position with GIZ, she worked for a FAO project with the Ministry of Health for more than a year.

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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!