Natural resource Dynamics and Social Ecological systems in Central Vietnam: Development, Resource Changes and Conservation Issues
From the early 2000 to the present, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF) and the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) of AIT supported by MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation Jakarta office have collaborated in studying and understanding the participatory process of Social Ecological Systems Dynamics that has occurred during the opening up of Central Highland for infrastructure development. This collaborative effort, which is aimed at reconciling the standard concepts of development with conservation, has focused on the balance between conservation and development in the buffer zone areas as mediated by public resource management institutions such as Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) including National Parks located in the region. Notable research documentation in this volume includes on issues such as local level conservation and development related policy outcomes at the local level, alternative livelihood adaptation and management strategies in the context of climate change. A majority of these studies have examined the outcomes of conservation and development policies on the rural communities which have participated in their implementation through collaborative governance and participatory management in partnership with participatory community institutions.