Participants representing 9 government ministries met to give their comments on and discuss the draft Cambodia national report on protected areas and development. This report analyses links between key development sectors and protected areas and provides an initial set of strategies to enhance and maintain benefits from protected areas to local and national economies by increased investment in conservation. It will soon be published following endorsement by the government ministries working with the review and will be made available on this website.
The last draft in the series of eleven thematic lessons papers has been published on the website.
The second regional workshop was convened by the Mekong River Commission in to facilitate exchange between countries of the region on the review activities and key policy strategies. It focused on presentation and discussion of the national reports then critical consideration of the draft regional report. It was attended by representatives from Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Myanmar, donor agencies and international organisations.
A study of 70 households living in the buffer zone of Bach Ma National Park in Vietnam to qualify and quantify their utilization of forest products from the protected area. Submitted in October 2002.
The tenth draft in the series of eleven thematic lessons papers has been published on the website.
Following extensive consultation with government officials, a draft Vietnam national report has been prepared. It aims to strengthen support for protected areas by highlighting the many development benefits received from them and recommending ways that the contribution can be enhanced.
The ninth draft in the series of eleven thematic lessons papers has been published on the website.
A field study is being conducted to investigate and demonstrate the role of the Eastern Forest Complex of protected areas in economic development around Rayong and Chanthaburi Provinces. Detailed case studies look at:
The report is currently under preparation but the full text of the working document is now available.
As a follow-up to the first round table, this meeting presented the findings of the review so far and served to involve protected area managers and economic planners in the development of a national report on protected areas and development in Lao PDR.
The field study focussed on the economic benefits yielded by Nam Et and Phou Loei NBCAs to the villages, districts and provinces located in and around them. Four detailed case studies were investigated:
The preliminary results of the field study demonstrate that these protected areas have a demonstrably high economic value for many groups and sectors.
The field study in Cambodia focusses on the provinces in the south-west of the country where the four national parks of Bokor, Ream, Kep and Kirirom are located. The preliminary results are now available here. While examining the linkages between the national parks and the provincial and local economy and social context, the study also considers three more detail case studies:
The preliminary results are now available here.
This draft paper compiles the experiences of protected area management during the past ten years in Thailand, presenting them as past acheivements and future challenges.
This draft paper relates a series of lessons - in terms of achievements and challenges - on protected areas, their management and their role in national and community development in the Lao PDR.
The first of two regional round tables was held on 6/7 May 2002 in Phnom Penh, hosted by the Mekong River Commission. It was attended by more than 70 participants representing Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar, donor agencies and international organisations. The workshop provided an opportunity to share the lessons of the past decade, to discuss the results of the field studies and identify the key issues which the later review national and regional reports will need to address.
This draft Cambodia lessons paper is a contribution to the series of lessons papers documenting the last ten years of experience in linking protected areas and key economic development sectors. It is intended as a benchmark of protected areas experience expressed as achievements and remaining challenges.
The second national round table in Vietnam provided a forum for presentation and discussion on the results of the review so far. In particular the draft national report was scrutinised as the major review output proposing practical options for enhancing the contribution of protected areas to national and local economic development.
The preliminary results of the field study in Thua Thien Hue Province were presented at the First Regional Workshop on 6/7 May in Phnom Penh and again at the Second Vietnam Round Table in Hanoi and are available here.
Among the results so far are a provincial overview, which broadly puts
A series of 11 thematic lessons papers is being drafted, drawing on global experience in linking protected areas and key economic development sectors. The papers are intended to convey global lessons and best practice to planners and policy-makers in the region. The following 8 drafts thematic papers are already available for comments from all those with a special interest in the fields covered:
Drawing on numerous sources, including background papers and presentations at the first national round table meeting, this draft Vietnam lessons paper reflects on recent experience in protected areas policy and management and how it relates to development in Vietnam.
The paper 'looks outwards' from protected areas to review their economic
contributions at the local, provincial and national level, and the various
achievements and challenges facing Vietnam if these contributions are
to be protected and optimised.
This report was developed by IUCN Lao PDR, the Lao-Swedish Forestry Programme and the Department of Forestry between 1999 and 2001. It provides detailed information on a wide range of protected area issues in Lao PDR, including their current status, biogeography, policy and legal framework, management models and pressures, as well as an analysis of future options for funding, design and management.
This presentation was adapted and presented at round table meetings in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and serves to answer the question: "Why the urgent need to study the links between protected areas and socio-economic development?
Nam Et and Phou Loei are covered by mainly hilly and mountainous terrain playing host to the richest biodiversity in Northern Lao PDR. The field study will mainly be focused on the economic benefits yielded by these protected areas to the villages, districts and provinces located in and around them. These communities often rely on forest resources for household subsistence and cash income. There is also a trade in non-timber forest products.
This first national round table for the review in Lao PDR brought together representatives from the government, professionals from protected areas, donor agencies and non-governmental organisations.
The objectives of the meeting were:
Two presentations from the Round Table are available here.
The first national round table hosted by the Ministry of the Environment brought together review partners from government, protected areas and non-governmental organisations to discuss lessons learned regarding the contribution of protected areas to socio-economic development in Cambodia. Working groups at the meeting convened to discuss the key issues, acheivements and challenges in relating protected areas to socio-economic development planning.
Presentations made at the Cambodia First National Round Table and a summary of the key conclusions of the working groups are available here.
The first national round table brought together review partners from government, protected areas, donors and non-governmental organisations to discuss lessons learned regarding the contribution of protected areas to sustainable economic development in Thailand.
The report on the Thailand First National Round Table page includes the summarised conclusions of working groups at the round table, which met to discuss the key achievements, issues and challenges to protected areas in Thailand.
A field study is being conducted to investigate and demonstrate the role of the Eastern Forest Complex of protected areas in economic development around Rayong and Chanthaburi Provinces. The sub-basins of the East Coast-Gulf River Basin are also included as part of the study area.
In October 2001 a team from the review carried out a first field mission through interviews with representatives of different sectors and visits to protected areas and development activities in the two provinces.
A field study in Thua Thien Hue province, is being undertaken to understand the role of protected areas in the local economy. This area in Central Vietnam is characterised by a broad range of habitats, high biodiversity and significant economic developments. From 19 to 23 September 2001, members of the review team visited the field study area to make some preliminary interviews and site visits. As a result a selection of more focussed case studies have been chosen for the development of the study.
The first national round table brought together review partners from government, protected areas, donors and non-governmental organisations to discuss the lessons learned from protected area management in the past ten years and the challenges to integrating them into socio-economic development.
Most of the presentations and a report on the Round Table are available in English and Vietnamese.
During the Round Table, working groups convened to discuss key issues, achievements and challenges in relation to protected areas and socio-economic development and planning. The key conclusions from the working groups are presented here.