First national round table
14 September 2001
Hon Mun Marine Protected Area pilot project - a case study from Vietnam
Chu Tien Vinh, National project director of Hon Mun marine protected
Project Partners: The Ministry of Fisheries, Khanh Hoa Provincial People's Committee, IUCN
Location: near Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province, South Vietnam.
Hon Mun marine protected area covers about 12,000 ha and includes 8 islands. There is a population of 5,000 people on the islands living in 7 villages.
Uses of Hon Mun marine protected area
Ojectives of the Hon Mun marine protected area
To conserve a representative example of internationally significant and threatened marine biodiversity.
To enable local island communities to improve their livelihoods and in partnership with other stakeholders to effectively protect and manage the marine biodiversity at Hon Mun as a model for collaborative marine protected area management.
Threats to conservation
Often, to achieve conservation of global significant biodiversity (and livelihoods), local people must change the way the resources are used and managed.
But, this has a cost that is borne by local people…….
How to acheive this?
The Hon Mun MPA project will develop an effective Provincial Marine Protected Area Authority and a system for co-management with local resource users.
Zoning of Hon Mun marine protected area
Not all the marine protected area will be strictly protected. Zones will be created with different activities allowed in different zones. These zones will be based upon biodiversity assessments and the traditional uses of the area to allow for some continued use by local people.
What are AIG activities?
AIG usually means Alternative Income Generation, i.e. providing an alternative job. However, large scale Alternative Income Generation is very difficult without large amounts of money for investment. The concept should be Additional Income Generation activities (AIG).
Requirements for Additional Income Generation activities
Other mechanisms to support local involvement
The project is still in an early stage. AIG activities will be difficult to establish but there is already local support. A substantial amount of time is required to develop trust between all partners. The future results promise to be exciting.