Profiles of EEAL Member Organizations
Department of Environment - DoE
The Department of Environment (DoE), formerly the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). As such, DoE is in regular touch with the Ministry’s outreach units at the provincial and district level (PONRE/DONRE), offering or facilitates EEA-related best practices, funding opportunities, and research and consulting services. DoE is the focal point for EEA with regards to the National Strategy for Environmental Education and Awareness (NSEEA), and all related interactions with the ASEAN Environmental Education Working Group at the international level.
Contact person: Ms. Nalinh Chalernsouk Nalinh.email@example.com
Mind Media started in 1992 under the name Media for Development as one of the Participatory Development Training Center’s (PADETC) learning centers. Similar to RDA, its media services for government agencies, CSOs and other enterprises build on an extensive network of volunteers in rural communities and media professionals in Vientiane and other major cities in Laos. Mind Media became certified as a social enterprise in 2017, promoting participatory media productions on education and sustainable development (ESD). The organization has been a GIZ and MoNRE partner in the ProCEEd project’s environmental outreach bus tours, theatre training and media productions from the beginning in 2013. Mind Media aims to tackle the pressing issues related to the impact of human activities on the natural environment, quality of life and standards of living in Laos. Mind Media facilitates access to knowledge on these topics for rural populations, especially rural communities and schools in Laos. Mind Media also provides basic and advanced trainings and mobile screenings on media production to students, youth and government officials. It has the ability to channel information through twelve provincial television channels, has its own YouTube channel, and has organized large-scale film events such as the Vientianale or the Science film Festival.
Contact person: Mr Athidxay Bouandaoheuang (Ding) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Development Agency - RDA
RDA has its inspiration from PADETC, which used semi-autonomous learning centers such as the SuanMaiLao Eco-Forest Learning Center (SML). RDA's work is based on the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which strikes a balance between social and economic development as well as environmental harmony, which PADETC and RDA have coined as Wisdom Box. Since 2009, SML has been working in reforestation and youth empowerment. In 2015, SML was certified by law as Rural Development Agency (RDA), as a social enterprise. RDA is supported by a wide network of volunteers in rural Laos, and has gained extensive experience in community development. It works with young people, communities, local authorities, and international organizations to facilitate a holistic self-sustaining capacity development and quality service provision in community education, environment and youth empowerment for healthy and prosperous people of Laos.
Contact person: Ms Chanthalangsy Sisouvanh
Natural Resources and Environmental Promotion Unit - NREP
The Natural Resources and Environmental Promotion Unit (NREP), formerly known as the Mobile Conservation Unit (MCU), is a group of student volunteers from the Faculty of Forestry, of the National University of Laos (NUoL). They are engaged in environmental awareness raising, forest protection and sustainable development.
Contact person: Ms. Somsanook Akhavong email@example.com
Social Environmental Education & Development Unit – SEED
SEED is a group of student volunteers from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, National University of Laos (NUoL). They are engaged in environmental awareness raising and sustainable development throughout Lao society, particularly at NUoL, schools in Vientiane and in remote areas.
Contact person: Mr. Sengvilayvanh Singthavikhoune firstname.lastname@example.org
Lao Biodiversity Association -LBA
Established in 2011, Lao Biodiversity Association (LBA) is a Non-Profit-Association (NPA) focusing its efforts on biodiversity and environment protection and conservation. LBA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders on the management of biodiversity, natural resources and climate change through linking these areas to improving the living status of ethnic poor communities in challenging environments. LBA’s work includes raising awareness and building understanding of the legal frameworks and instruments for the management and protection of biodiversity, natural resources and environments under the slogan of “Better livelihoods in well-protected biodiversity”. The main objective of LBA’s activities is to enable participation by Lao people in efforts of preservation and conservation of forest and wildlife so that all Lao people realize the improvement of their living conditions and the natural environment are inseparable, and promoting competences (know-how) on preservation and management of forest resources and wildlife in cooperation with other associations and institutions. LBA’s work includes the promotion of competences in biodiversity research and the use of technology and other tools needed for the management and environmentally sustainable use of wildlife, including botanical resources and animals along with promoting awareness and dissemination of information regarding the protection of biodiversity and environmental conservation to support eco-tourism in the Lao PDR.
Contact person: Bounsy Douangkhemthong