“Collaborative Management Learning Network in three countries Laos Vietnam and Cambodia (2012-2014)”
The United Nations Convention on Biodiversity, signed in 1992, promoted conservation and the preservation of biodiversity while recognizing the parallel importance of people and their need for food security, shelter and a healthy environment. It also supported the need for indigenous and local communities to have a voice in the management of natural resources.
Through this project, the Learning Institute has been coordinating co-management activities between the Community Protected Areas committee in Kok Lak commune in Ratanakiri province, the Kavet indigenous people, the NGOs Non-Timber Forest Products and Save Cambodia’s Wildlife, and the representatives of the Virachey National Park – a Protected Area. The Learning Institute has acted as a coordination secretariat, supporting the documentation and implementation of a structure for effective co-management, and linking experiences in the three countries of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Training delivered by the Learning Institute for the people concerned has included all aspects of project management as well as the elements of a natural resource inventory, a resource needs assessment, and laws and regulations relating to Protected Areas and the associated Community Protected Areas. The co-management network that has emerged from this project has also provided a forum for learning and sharing on an international basis, as well as for tracking emerging issues that might need attention.