Villages Trained on Lao Forestry, Wildlife and Aquatic Law

From 30 Oct to 3 Nov 2016, the ProCEEd field assistant in Sam Neua, staff of PONRE Houaphan and village authorities held a training on law related to forestry, wildlife and aquatic species in four villages in

Soplap, Phiengdee, Sonkhua and Mueang-O villages in Houamueang District. In total, 82 women and 100 men participated in the training. The purpose of the training was to ensure that village authorities and villagers understand the importance of forest and wildlife conservation and the consequences one has to face when violating these laws.  During the training, PONRE staff presented the forestry law and highlighted the parts which note the importance of different forest types categories: conservation area, protected area and forest production area. The introduction was followed by a lively discussion among the participants about the control and management of these forest types. Furthermore, PONRE explained the benefits of forest, measures that are prohibited and the penalties for violations of the law. This information is very relevant for the villagers.

The ProCEEd field assistant presented the wildlife and aquatic law and focused on different types of aquatic and wildlife species, rights of consumption and penalties for violating the law. He and PONRE exchanged experiences with villagers regarding the laws and their purposes in a question and answer session. One time-consuming theme was the question why endangered species should be protected and the positive effect of biological diversity among trees and wild animals. The training was followed up by practical activities and games which have already been applied during the last ProCEEd environmental bus tour about forest protection and natural disasters.


The training raised awareness among villagers in order to ensure that the laws on forest management and on the conservation and protection of aquatic and wildlife specific are considered by villagers. Moreover, the newly gained knowledge helps villagers keep forest ecosystems in Laos healthy and stable and manage and use its resources in a sustainable way. The village representatives also increased their knowledge and self-confidence to defend their community forests and wildlife against exploitation from third parties.






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