Collaborative governance of Protected Areas: success factors and prospects for Hin Nam No National Protected Area, Central Laos
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 02:47 authored by de Koning, M, Nguyen, T, Michael LockwoodMichael Lockwood, Sengchanthavong, S, Phommasane, S
Collaborative governance of protected areas has emerged as a response to failures of, and ethical concerns about, centralised environmental governance. This paper assesses the governance of the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in central Laos to identify the conditions that support successful collaborative governance. Our analysis is based on the argument that collaborative governance is more likely to be successful under conditions that provide incentives for community engagement, formal mechanisms for power sharing, local ownership of resources, downward accountability, mechanisms for building trust, and an adaptive approach to performance assessment and improvement. We show that collaborative governance in Hin Nam No demonstrates the potential for a more decentralised and democratic system of governance based on customary rights, but requires ongoing political will to consolidate and sustain these arrangements. The findings of this study contribute to the growing literature on collaborative governance of protected areas in Asia and elsewhere.
Publication titleConservation & Society
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
PublisherMedknow Publications and Media
Place of publicationIndia
Rights statementCopyright 2016 Koning et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic (CC BY 2.5) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/