The Future of ProCEEd within ProFEB

When ProCEEd will join the ProFEB family of projects in October 2017, it will grow stronger in a new structure of continued German support to environmental education and communication in Laos.

Until September 2017, ProCEEd used to be one of several stand-alone cooperation projects in the natural resource sector that the German government supports in Lao PDR. In late 2015, the German side asked for a consolidation of efforts in this field. As a result, a new project was born: Protection and Sustainable Utilization of Forest Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Laos (ProFEB). ProFEB will combine the efforts of ProCEEd with those of the two other projects, Integrated Nature Conservation & Sustainable Resource Management in the Hin Nam No Region (HNN) and Support to the Lao EU-FLEGT Process (ProFLEGT). Each of these will become components of the new project. ProFEB will start in September 2017. It will initially run until March 2019, but is likely to be extended.

 

The three ProFEB components will retain their original names: ProCEEd, Hin Nam No and ProFLEGT, as these are recognized trade marks to the Lao government, development partners and the general public. The components will, however, cooperate more closely and coordinate their efforts, and they will share staff and other resources.

 

ProCEEd’s strategy within ProFEB

 

As in the past, ProCEEd will work at the national and local level. The geographical focus will be adjusted to match that of the other ProFEB components. At the national level, ProCEEd will support DEQP of MoNRE in coordinating and implementing the revised national strategy and action plan on environmental and climate education and awareness. At the local level, ProCEEd will focus on the Hin Nam No area in the Boualapha District of the Khammouane Province.

 

DEQP of MoNRE will remain ProCEED's main implementation partner. Funds will be somewhat reduced as compared to earlier project phases, but will still be sufficient to cover meaningful support. To counterbalance the limited government staff available for implementing environmental education and communication measures, ProCEEd will continue to foster cooperation of government and civil society.

ProCEEd will also continue to support mass media in raising the environmental knowledge and awareness of their audiences. However, the future emphasis will be more on the effective use of mass media, and less on the production of new media products.

ProCEEd I and II have enabled government, civil society and other organizations to successfully implement non-formal environmental education activities for a range of  different target groups. ProCEEd plans to retain its effective approach to capacity building, combining training measures with extensive opportunities for learning   by doing. The thematic focus will remain on forest and wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation, co-management of protected areas, and the link between these topics and climate change. In addition, relevant aspects of forest law enforcement will be covered.

 

 


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