, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 608–621 | Cite as

Toward successful implementation of conservation research: A case study from Vietnam

  • Huong Do Thi
  • Max Krott
  • Michael Böcher
  • Nataly Juerges
Research Article


A number of different approaches have been used to explain the successes and failures of biodiversity conservation strategies in developing countries. However, to date, little attention has been paid toward assessing the influence of knowledge transfer between science, policy, and conservation practices in the implementation of these strategies. Vietnam’s Pu Luong Cuc Phuong Conservation Area is a globally important ecosystem, situated within a limestone landscape and inhabited by hundreds of local communities. Biodiversity conservation has become an important part of sustainable development in this area. This study analyzes three conservation strategies employed in the Pu Luong Cuc Phuong Conservation Area by applying the Research–Integration–Utilization (RIU) model of scientific knowledge transfer. Our analyses reveal weaknesses in scientific knowledge transfer arising from low-quality research and poor integration strategies. Based on our results, we developed recommendations to improve research and integration in an effort to enhance science-based policy support.


Biodiversity conservation ICDP Poverty alleviation Pu Luong Cuc Phuong RIU model Scientific knowledge transfer 



We greatly appreciate the financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Vietnamese Government Fund (911 Scholarship). This research was supported by the Chair Group of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, George-August University of Göttingen, Germany, and Vietnam National University of Forestry. We thank all of the experts and officials involved in the study, particularly those from Fauna and Flora International Vietnam, PLNR, NSNLNR, and CPNP for providing valuable data. We owe a debt of gratitude to local people in PLNR and NSNLNR who gave their time to participate in interviews, provide much practical information and share their knowledge, experiences, and opinions with us. Finally, we would like to thank four anonymous referees for their very helpful comments on this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huong Do Thi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Max Krott
    • 1
  • Michael Böcher
    • 3
  • Nataly Juerges
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair Group of Forest and Nature Conservation PolicyGeorge-August University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.College of Land Management and Rural DevelopmentVietnam National University of ForestryHanoiVietnam
  3. 3.Chair of Political Science and Sustainable DevelopmentOtto von Guericke University MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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