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Training in Participatory 3-D Modeling and Visualizing Local Knowledge for Application in Protected Area Management (Vietnam)

A first training exercise has been completed in Pu Mat National Park (Nghe An Province, Vietnam) on November 16-26, 2001. The event has been organized by ARCBC in collaboration with the Vietnam National Environment Agency, the EU-funded Social Forestry and Nature Conservation (SFNC) Project, the Vietnam National Parks and Protected Areas Association (VNPPA), and the management of the National Park.

Result:

The 1:10,000 scale model measuring 2.8 m x 2.5 m (700 km2 on the ground) covers approximately 25% of the protected area and includes portions of the core and buffer zones. The displayed data reflect the mental maps of 76 representatives from the Ethnic Minority Groups living inside the park and in the buffer zone, namely Dan Lai, Thai and Kinh Peoples from the Communes of Mon Son, Luc Da, Yen Khe, Chau Khe, Chi Khe and Tam Hop and staff from the protected area and from the SFNC project. The exercise has offered the opportunity for several Vietnamese institutions and locally active international agencies to acquire the know-how and skills on how to organize and facilitate participatory 3-D Modeling exercises. The Social Forestry and Nature Conservation (SFNC) Project expressed its intention to complete the 3-D model of the entire project area within the coming year 2002 and to use it to enhance the involvement of the communities in protected area management and biodiversity conservation. Mr. Tran Lien Phong, Head Nature Conservation Division of the Vietnam National Environment Agency and Coordinator of the National Biodiversity Reference Unit, expressed its wish that all protected areas in Vietnam be provided with the opportunity to manufacture their own Participatory 3-D Models. In anticipation of the training the NBRU organized a Orientation Seminar on Participatory 3-D Modeling for Natural Resource Management on October 29, 2001 at the Nikko Hotel, Hanoi.