Environmental Management

, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 715–727

Building Capacity for Protected Area Management in Lao PDR


    • Wildlife Conservation SocietyTanglin International Centre
    • Department of Biological SciencesNational University of Singapore
  • Arlyne Johnson
    • Wildlife Conservation Society Lao PDR Program
    • Foundations of Success
  • Kelly Spence
    • Wildlife Conservation Society Lao PDR Program
    • Tasmanian Institute of AgricultureUniversity of Tasmania
  • Ahnsany Sypasong
    • Wildlife Conservation Society Lao PDR Program
  • Nora Bynum
    • Centre for Biodiversity and ConservationAmerican Museum of Natural History
    • Duke University
  • Eleanor Sterling
    • Centre for Biodiversity and ConservationAmerican Museum of Natural History
  • Thavy Phimminith
    • Faculty of ScienceNational University of Laos
  • Bounthob Praxaysombath
    • Faculty of ForestryNational University of Laos

DOI: 10.1007/s00267-014-0235-9

Cite this article as:
Rao, M., Johnson, A., Spence, K. et al. Environmental Management (2014) 53: 715. doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0235-9


Declining biodiversity in protected areas in Laos is attributed to unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. At a basic level, an important need is to develop capacity in academic and professional training institutions to provide relevant training to conservation professionals. The paper (a) describes the capacity building approach undertaken to achieve this goal, (b) evaluates the effectiveness of the approach in building capacity for implementing conservation and (c) reviews implementation outcomes. Strong linkages between organizations implementing field conservation, professional training institutions, and relevant Government agencies are central to enhancing effectiveness of capacity building initiatives aimed at improving the practice of conservation. Protected area management technical capacity needs will need to directly influence curriculum design to insure both relevance and effectiveness of training in improving protected area management. Sustainability of capacity building initiatives is largely dependent on the level of interest and commitment by host-country institutions within a supportive Government policy framework in addition to engagement of organizations implementing conservation.


Lao PDRCapacity buildingBiodiversity conservationProtected area management

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