Lack of management coordination
PRCF Vietnam addresses several threats to wildlife and their habitats, including lack of management coordination and illegal hunting, logging, and use of natural resources.
Conservation areas usually do not allow local communities to use the land and participate in their management. PRCF Vietnam is trying to establish co-management pilots for conservation management of natural resources within protects areas. Close coordination and trust between different stakeholders is a necessary condition for co-management initiatives to work. PRCF Vietnam is presently working at two locations to establish pilot community-based conservation management measures, from which to learn and replicate elsewhere successful measures.
To address the lack of coordination, PRCF Vietnam has:
- established community-based organizations to engage local villages in conservation management
- developed co-management plans with various stakeholders to support communication and clarify roles and responsibilities
- raised community awareness and support for conservation initiatives through campaigns with local schools
Illegal hunting, logging and use of natural resources
Illegal activities destroy wildlife habitats and increasingly push species into local extinction. We work with local community and forest protection authorities to help curve illegal activities inside protected areas and their immediate surroundings. PRCF ongoing initiatives include establishment and operation of community conservation teams, who are charged to monitor and protect high value forest areas that are critical to the survival of local and globally endangered species.
To address this threat, we have:
- mapped areas critical for conservation and posted signs to increase community awareness
- trained local law enforcement and community groups in patrolling conservation areas
- coordinated with communities to create alternative land use solutions that support their livelihood while protecting critical areas