Title: New partnership mechanisms for integrated natural resource management: the Red River Basin (Vietnam) pilot region for operational ecoregional approach

Authors: Jean-Christophe Castella, Suan Pheng Kam, Chu Thai Hoanh

Addresses: Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), 213 rue Lafayette, 75480 Paris cedex 10, France. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), MCPO Box 3127, 1271 Makati City, Philippines. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), MCPO Box 3127, 1271, Makati City, Philippines

Abstract: The Red River Basin (RRB) in Vietnam was selected in 1997 as the first ecoregional pilot site of the Ecoregional Initiative for the Humid and Subhumid Tropics of Asia (EcoR(I)-Asia) as it encapsulates many of the problems and issues commonly found in the Asian tropics, associated with the demands and pressures of rapidly increasing population and rapid economic development on the natural resource base and raising concerns of sustainability. The RRB ecoregional project aims at developing an operational model for a multi-scale, integrated approach to natural resource management (NRM) that would help to overcome the shortcomings of traditional R&D approaches and organisations in tackling complex and inter-related NRM issues. The process of building up a common vision of NRM issues and setting up new partnership mechanisms within a holistic framework is documented. Lessons are drawn from this experience, that will be further applied to new pilot sites in Southeast Asia in an adaptive social learning mode in order to validate and then extrapolate the operational methodology to larger geographic domains and finally to the whole ecoregion under the mandate of EcoR(I)-Asia.

Keywords: adaptive management; ecoregional approach; operational methodology; social learning; Vietnam.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2001.001556

International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2001 Vol.4 No.4, pp.351-367

Available online: 04 Jul 2003

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