In partnership with The National University of Laos, USAID LEAF launched its Climate Change Curriculum in Laos at an event on April 1-2 in Vientiane. The National Seminar on Integrating Climate Change into University Curricula was attended by academics from six universities, government officials, NGOs and natural resources management professionals from around the country and followed similar country launches in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam in 2014 and early 2015. The two day seminar was launched by Prof. Dr. Somsy Gnophanxay, Vice Rector of the National University of Laos and Mr. Paul Mayer, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Vientiane. Through presentations and interactive learning sessions, attendees reviewed the curriculum development process, and explored in depth the Curriculum’s four modules – Basic Climate Change, Social and Environmental Soundness, Low Emission Land Use Planning and Carbon Measurement and Monitoring. Commenting on the success of the event, Dr. Khamla Phanvilay, Director of the Research Center for Natural Resources and Climate Change in the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Laos said, "The Seminar has gone beyond my expectations."
In addition to the National University of Laos, other academic institutions attending included Souphanouvong University, Savannakhet University, Champassak University, Northern Agriculture and Forestry College, and Central Agriculture and Forestry College.