Achievements: Lao PDR

Achievements: Lao PDR

Since the beginning of the project in Lao PDR, a total of 35 REDD+ and climate change trainings and capacity development events have been delivered in Lao PDR with support from the partner organizations. Through these events, the project could reach to a total of 5,428 participants, with more than one fourth of them included women participants.

  

Output 1: A set of training package on REDD+ for Grassroots stakeholders is developed

  • REDD+ training manuals in Lao language: The grassroots project has produced a set of two training manuals, the first one for national level stakeholders and other is for community level stakeholders, by simplifying the language and keeping appropriate amount of information on Climate Change, REDD+ and sustainable forest management and social safeguards of REDD+.
  • Climate Change and REDD+ Poster: A set of posters describing the concept of climate change, its causes and impacts and the role of forests in mitigating the impacts of climate change along with the concept of REDD+ concept are produced and distributed widely. The posters proved a useful tool for local facilitators to build a greater understanding of local communities on basic concept of climate change and REDD+ and the relations to their livelihoods and sustainable forest management.
  • Handbooks on REDD+: A series of  short and simple handbooks in a form of questions and answers are produced in Lao language for local trainers and facilitators . These handbooks aim to providing simplified information on Climate Change, REDD+ and relevant issues associated with social safeguards such as gender in REDD+, FPIC in REDD and Equity in REDD+.

 

Output 2: Organizing the Training of Trainers Programs for partner organizations and other key stakeholders

  • Trainings for national level facilitators : In partnership with Faculty of Forestry (FoF), National University of Laos, the grassroots project has organized Training of Trainers (ToT) program on a basic knowledge and understanding Climate Change and REDD+ in 2011 for national-level and provincial-level facilitators from the Department of Forest (DoF), National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Services, Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos and CSOs. Later in early 2014, with support from FoF and DoF, we conducted a refresher ToT on REDD+ safeguards including concept of FPIC and Gender Equity. The participants mainly came from relevant departments, CSOs, consultant Company and private sector.
  • Journalist awareness raising workshop: To raise climate change and REDD+ awareness on a wider level in the country, a national level training was organized for a group of journalists in Vientiane in 2011 with having participants from print and electronic media, government information centers and NGOs. The workshop was positively received and provided inputs on how climate change and REDD+ can best be communicated to different stakeholders, in particular to the grassroots level stakeholders and what are different sources of information that can be used to provide most authenticated and accurate information to the audiences on climate change and REDD+.
  • Provincial-level training :  After first national level ToT program, three sub national ToT programs on the basic understanding of climate change and REDD+ were organized in 2012; including two ToT programs in Luang Prabang  – one at provincial and district level in 2012 in partnership with NAFES (now known as ……) and FoF and one ToT program for provincial and district staff of Saravan province in partnership with Village Focus International (VFI). Later in 2014, in partnership with DoF and with a technical support from FoF, we organized  two refresher sub-national ToT programs on REDD+ social and environmental safeguards in the target provinces – one for participants from two Northern provinces – Luang Prabang and Houaphanh, and other for participants from Saravan province in southern Lao PDR.
  • National Workshops on Gender in REDD+: In early 2013, the grassroots project with support from DoF brought together experts and academics to share their experiences and learning on gender mainstreaming in forestry sector in the country and discussing on capacity development needs for mainstreaming gender in REDD+.
  • National-level training on Climate Change, Gender mainstreaming and Participatory Learning. In partnership with DoF, a national level training program was organized as a follow up of the national expert workshop on gender mainstreaming in REDD+ capacity development. The training program mainly focused on enhancing the understanding of the members of Lao Women Unions of DoF, CSOs and other male officers of DoF and to learn about the basic knowledge on Climate Change and REDD+, the roles of men and women in Climate Change and a participatory approach in promoting gender mainstreaming in knowledge sharing process on climate change and REDD+ at grassroots level.
  • Training for Youth Volunteer on Climate Change, REDD+ and the Roles of Forests: Participatory Development and Training Centre (PADETC) has been supporting the grassroots project implementation since 2012, mainly focusing on developing the capacity of youths and school students on climate change and role of forests. PADTEC has organized a series of training programs for youth volunteers, mainly university graduates in order to build a cadre of youth resource persons for the follow up awareness raising among school students at primary and secondary levels. Besides technical knowledge, the training programs for youth also focused on building their facilitation skills and practicing them by working with neighboring community and collecting experiences and information on different training topics discussed in the classroom.
  • Panel discussion:  PADETC also organized a panel discussion that was broadcasted through local television network, focusing on the concept of climate change and its causes and effects and climate change in the global and Lao contexts. It also talked about how global and national initiatives to address the impacts of climate change. In total 40 youth volunteers of PADECT network and students from the Faculty of Forest attended this discussion broadcasted on channel three of the Lao television on 17th and 24th of Feb 2013.

 

Output 3: Grassroots Capacity Development Programs

  • District-level training program;.  In Luang Prabang 22 district level participants from four northern provinces, including members of local civil society organizations and local governments were trained on climate change and REDD+. These trainings were organized in partnership with the Department of Forestry and the National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Service (NAFES) with backstopping support from the Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos (NUoL).  In 2012, we organized the REDD+ capacity building for provincial and district level participants in Taoi district, Saravan province through a partnership with Village Focus International (VFI).
  • Kumban level awareness raising events conducted. From the village cluster Boamfad, located around Nam Et Phouley National Park in Viengthong District, Houaphanh Province, participants from six villages took part in a three-day awareness raising event, done by Department of Agricultural Extension and Cooperatives (DAEC), Earlier known National Agriculture and Forestry Extension Services (NAFES). In 2012, a set of capacity building program was conducted in Samoui district and Taoi district, Saravan province through a partnership with VFI. The participants included village authorities and paralegal workers, village members, women groups and youth. The alumni from the provincial and district -level trainings contributed as resource persons to facilitating CC and REDD+ knowledge sharing among the villagers. Various interactive tools, including games were used to encourage the participation and learning among the villagers. Set of posters in Lao languages developed under the grassroots project are used in such awareness raising events.
  • Awareness raising program for school teachers, students, and parents: Over the last 2-3 years, PADETC has delivered a series of awareness raising events among school student with support from youth volunteers on climate change and REDD+. Using puppet shows, games, and posters these youth volunteers have organized such events in 10 schools in Viengthong district in Houaphan province. Later in 2013 and 2014, PADETC further organized a numbers of youth training programs at community-level. The trained youth from national ToT were invited to provide facilitation support through a local youth network for awareness raising events and also interacting with local community members and learning from their experiences in order to contextualize the learning process at the local level.

 

Output 4: Bringing up Grassroots Stakeholdersconcerns and issues to REDD+ policy makers and other stakeholders

  • National level expert consultation on REDD+ safeguards: In 2014, in partnership with DoF, we conducted a National level expert consultation workshop to discuss the status of REDD+ Social and Environmental Safeguards in Lao PDR. The workshop invited the representative of REDD+ pilot projects in the country to share safeguards mechanisms being applied in their projects, and encouraged the participants from relevant government agencies and CSOs to discuss the key challenges with regards to implementing REDD+ safeguards in Lao PDR.  The result from this workshop would provide information for developing a discussion paper on REDD+ Social and Environmental Safeguards in Lao PDR, which is due to be finalized soon.

 

Output 5: Disseminating Project Lessons and Experiences

  • Radio programs: The radio episodes developed to raise awareness and understanding on climate change and its impacts and the roles of forests in addressing to climate change were broadcasted through a local radio network by PADETC. These radio programs were produced by the youth volunteer trained in youth ToT programs of the project  and broadcasted in three provinces - Vientiane Capital, Xayyaboury province and Bolikhamxay province.

 

Short film by trained youth volunteer: The trained youth conducted surveys with local communities and recorded this to produce a short film by gathering the case studies on communities’ practices with regards to forest management in addressing to climate change and environmental management. A total of eight such stories from the project villages were presented through these short films.