Yok Don National Park features the largest area of pristine dry-Dipterocarp forest, representing over two-thirds of this type of forest under protection in Vietnam. The distinct deciduous forest habitat of Yok Don is of global, regional, and local conservation importance because it supports substantial populations of many rare, endangered, and endemic bird species and endangered mammal species. In such a dry deciduous ecosystem, wetlands are of great importance as feeding habitats for most of the native birds and mammal species as well as contributing to the necessary water and food sources of local tribal people. Until now, there has been little detailed reliable information on the roles of wetland resources in Dipterocarp forest and no quantitative assessment of the nature or scale of human utilization of such wetlands.

The overall aim of this study is to assess the potential for developing an adaptive co-management strategy for managing Yok Don National Park. In assessing this potential, the benefits of enhanced and shared understanding of the social and ecological attributes and processes of the region through development of social-ecological models and the role of shared understanding in developing co-management options will be examined.

This research is able to develop solutions to mitigate impacts and to share the responsibilities and benefits of conservation between national park managers and communities. Collecting this information and sharing this information with all of the stakeholders is therefore the first step in improving understanding of park management and community needs and impacts.

Funding: Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Vietnam

Advisors: Prof Marc Hockings, Dr Rebecca Laws, Dr Cathy Robinson

Project members

Chi Phan

Chi Phan

PhD Graduate 2017