Relatively new to the IUCN-SSC Otter Specialist Group family is primatologist Camille Coudrat’s who leads Project ANOULAK (conservationlaos.com. She initiated this project in 2012 when conducting research for her PhD project in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area in central-eastern Laos.
The project takes an integrated approach to scientific research, capacity building, habitat protection and environmental education and community involvement. As they educate and train villagers within the Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area, they form a base of field-savvy research assistants.
Amongst her projects is the project descriptionPilot School Education Project for Knowledge and Attitude Change towards Wildlife and Habitat in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area, Laos:
“Villagers are generally not aware of the National or Global status of local species and did not receive any basic environmental education. Providing a curriculum on environmental education adapted to the area’s schools, including teachers training and educational material creation, will empower the next generation to become conservation actors.
If children living within the NPA develop a strong knowledge in the environment and resident wildlife, a positive attitude towards it and the capacity to change their behaviour this will have a long-lasting impact on the wildlife and habitat of the area.”
We look forward to more updates about Laos from this protected area.