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Building capacity for protected area management in Lao PDR


Rao, M and Johnson, A and Spence, K and Sypasong, A and Bynum, N and Sterling, E and Phimminith, T and Praxaysombath, B, Building capacity for protected area management in Lao PDR, Environmental Management, 53, (4) pp. 715-727. ISSN 0364-152X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0235-9


Declining biodiversity in protected areas in Laos is attributed to unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. At a basic level, an important need is to develop capacity in academic and professional training institutions to provide relevant training to conservation professionals. The paper (a) describes the capacity building approach undertaken to achieve this goal, (b) evaluates the effectiveness of the approach in building capacity for implementing conservation and (c) reviews implementation outcomes. Strong linkages between organizations implementing field conservation, professional training institutions, and relevant Government agencies are central to enhancing effectiveness of capacity building initiatives aimed at improving the practice of conservation. Protected area management technical capacity needs will need to directly influence curriculum design to insure both relevance and effectiveness of training in improving protected area management. Sustainability of capacity building initiatives is largely dependent on the level of interest and commitment by host-country institutions within a supportive Government policy framework in addition to engagement of organizations implementing conservation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Lao PD, capacity building, biodiversity conservation, protected area management
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Spence, K (Miss Kelly Spence)
ID Code:95929
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-10-13
Last Modified:2015-02-25

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