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Collaborative governance of Protected Areas: success factors and prospects for Hin Nam No National Protected Area, Central Laos

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de Koning, M and Nguyen, T and Lockwood, M and Sengchanthavong, S and Phommasane, S, Collaborative governance of Protected Areas: success factors and prospects for Hin Nam No National Protected Area, Central Laos, Conservation & Society, 15, (1) pp. 87-99. ISSN 0972-4923 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.4103/0972-4923.201396

Abstract

Collaborative governance of protected areas has emerged as a response to failures of, and ethical concerns about, centralised environmental governance. This paper assesses the governance of the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in central Laos to identify the conditions that support successful collaborative governance. Our analysis is based on the argument that collaborative governance is more likely to be successful under conditions that provide incentives for community engagement, formal mechanisms for power sharing, local ownership of resources, downward accountability, mechanisms for building trust, and an adaptive approach to performance assessment and improvement. We show that collaborative governance in Hin Nam No demonstrates the potential for a more decentralised and democratic system of governance based on customary rights, but requires ongoing political will to consolidate and sustain these arrangements. The findings of this study contribute to the growing literature on collaborative governance of protected areas in Asia and elsewhere.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:governance, protected areas, collaboration, success factors, Laos
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas
Objective Field:Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Lockwood, M (Associate Professor Michael Lockwood)
ID Code:114957
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-03-03
Last Modified:2017-04-26
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