A sustainable landscape for Critically Endangered primates and marginalised communities
Mr Josh Kempinski
FFI - Fauna and Flora International
Host Country Institutions:
Kon Tum Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Department of Protected Forests Management (Protected Areas), Vietnam Administration of Forests, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Kon Tum Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)
A window of opportunity exists to address critical needs for transparent, collaborative governance around a new protected area (PA) in Kon Plong District, in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Through a pioneering landscape planning framework - a first for Vietnam - that includes zoning plans (multiple scales), a new, collaborative PA and improvements to local livelihoods, this project will empower marginalised ethnic minorities to become conservation champions, reduce poverty and assure the survival of Critically Endangered primates (including endemic grey-shanked douc langur). Landscape-wide planning, forest protection and improved sustainability of local livelihoods will reduce encroachment and degradation of forests, benefiting douc langurs, while improving the wellbeing of targeted ethnic minority farmers/hunters.