Protecting mammal diversity: opportunities and constraints for pragmatic conservation management in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam 1
A case study is given of a conservation management planning exercise underway in Cat Tien National Park and its surrounding areas in southern Vietnam. The importance of reliable information in this process is demonstrated using the Park's mammalian diversity. Opportunities and constraints to engage the local communities in conservation management planning and implementation are reviewed. The spatial element in protected area management planning is stressed; in some areas strict preservation management regimes are needed to conserve critical biodiversity values while in other areas conservation benefits could be gained from engaging local communities in resource management. Pragmatic conservation management planning decisions address identified threats, to be resolved by re-demarcation of boundaries, resettlement of people, and community-based conservation initiatives. These should result in a more viable Park as well as provide more secure livelihood conditions for the people elsewhere. This case study is put in the context of the wider conservation management debate.(Received January 5 2002)
(Revised September 27 2002)
(Accepted September 5 2003)
Key Words: Cat Tien National Park; community-based conservation; conservation management; mammalian biodiversity; protected areas; Vietnam.
c1 Correspondence: WWF-Cat Tien National Park Conservation Project, 2 Phung Khac Khoan Room G15 District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org