Using a Three Dimensional Model to Identify Threats in Vietnam

In the area surrounding the Song Thanh Nature Reserve in the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam, WWF and partners undertook a participatory landscape planning process with community members from nine villages.102 A "papier-maché" 1:10,000 model of the 30,000-hectare landscape surrounding the reserve was used to facilitate planning and decision making amongst villagers and forestry sector employees.

Using paints, pins, and yarn to depict land use, natural resource elements, threats, and relationships, animated discussions and debates helped inform an integrated management plan focussed on a suite of protection, management, and restoration activities. In particular, through the modelling process, threats from illegal gold mining activities were identified and hotly debated, and have been raised with relevant authorities. Elderly people, women, and children were all able to contribute to the model-

102 Hardcastle et al,2004.

ling exercise, facilitating broader community involvement in decision making and buy-in for the planning process. While the three-dimensional (3D) mapping of threats provided a good way to engage communities in restoration planning, solid facilitation and conflict resolution skills were critical in ensuring success. This relatively cost-effective activity is now being replicated in other areas in the region in order to develop an integrated land and resource management plan at a larger landscape scale.

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