Lao PDR: Building Grassroots Capacity for REDD+



In Laos, the many varied ethnic groups with different languages and customs require a range of approaches to build the capacity of grassroots groups for REDD+ projects. The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) has been working with partner organisations to strengthen capacity for climate change and REDD+ at the national and subnational levels.  Field level REDD+ awareness raising events have been taking place in the provinces of Luang Prabang, Huaphan, Xayaburi and Xieng Khouang provinces.

As well as in Laos, this RECOFTC programme is being implemented in Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar. Phase I of the project operated from August 2009 until July 2010. Phase II of the project operated from August 2010 until July 2013. Phase III of the project is now in operation and is due to run until December 2015. 

Phase 1 of the project clarified stakeholder needs and trained 17 national-level trainers and 58 provincial-level stakeholders and gathered lessons learned.

Phase II objectives are to integrate updated national REDD+ strategies into the training, develop more diversified training modules to reach a greater variety of ethnic groups, and continue to attach the training program to the activities of the national REDD+ policies and frameworks of the national government. In addition, RECOFTC plans to respond to the increasing demands for more specific technical information on measuring, reporting, and verification (MRV) and for more information on marketing processes.

 The main outcomes of the project so far are: 1) Clarification of stakeholder needs; 2) The training of national and provincial level trainers (75 in Phase I and 45 in Phase II); 3) The training of 22 district level stakeholders; 4) Grassroots level awareness raising events conducted; 5) Awareness raising programmes at 10 schools, including 3420 students, 167 teachers, and 68 people from 45 villages; 6) A journalist awareness raising workshop with 19 participants; 7) The production of a REDD+ glossary handbook, endorsed by the National REDD+ Taskforce; 8) Monitoring and Evaluation survey on capacity building events completed; and 9) Lessons from events shared to ensure experiences at the grassroots level reaches relevant decision makers at the national level.