Capacity building in biodiversity conservation and PA management in Vietnam
by Ana Porzecanski
American Museum of Natural History and Vietnam National University
Training needs assessmentCapacity building in biodiversity conservation and PA management in Vietnam
Intensive and active training courses in PA managementCapacity building in biodiversity conservation and PA management in Vietnam
During our current research and training work across Vietnam, we often meet with the course trainees in their protected areas. Many of the trainees are heavily involved in species conservation programs and site management projects at the local level. They have become more proactive in their approaches towards conservation, and show their leadership in the field. For example, Dr. Hoa Vuong (Vuong Duc Hoa) was head of the scientific department at the time of the training course, and is now deputy director of Bu Gia Map National Park. He has supported multiple collaborative slow loris surveys and conservation initiatives in Bu Gia Map National Park (in 2013, 2014) and has also attended recent workshops in Hanoi on the primate conservation action plan and on slow loris conservation (2016 and 2014 respectively). He has shepherded several new conservation monitoring programs especially for endangered primates in the park. And he has been very supportive of initiatives proposed by his staff to advance conservation in the area. In addition, we now collaborate with several course participants in field surveys of lorises, pheasants, and turtles across the country, including for example, Bu Gia Map National Park in the south, Bach Ma National Park and Saola Nature Reserve in the central region, and Na Nang nature reserve in the north of Vietnam. Their capacity helps our research tremendously in obtaining valuable baseline data for conservation of highly threatened taxa. We also interact with them in national-level workshops such as the launch workshop for the Vietnam national primate conservation action plan, hosted in Hanoi by our organization in collaboration with the Vietnam Forestry Administration, where the local experiences of our trainees were extremely important to inform action planning at the national level. As biodiversity conservation in the country is facing a daunting challenge, we can see hope in the increased capacity of conservation practitioners. They will undoubtedly take up the challenge, and also inspire others.