Using Systematic Monitoring to Evaluate and Adapt Management of a Tiger Reserve in Northern Lao PDR (Johnson et al 2012)

Located in one of very few Asian Tiger source areas, this inspirational tale of adapting actions, strategies, monitoring and even objectives based squarely on evidence by hundreds of people demonstrates the power of the Open Standards.

Wild tigers and their ungulate prey in Lao PDR are threatened by illegal hunting so law enforcement and outreach strategies were rolled out 10 years to combat population declines.

Monitoring and control methods adapted as results demonstrated levels of success, for instance:

  • camera trapping was replaced by opportunistic tiger scat collection and DNA analysis
  • armed foot patrols were expanded in numbers and areas covered
  • the Totally Protected Zone (no hunting) was expanded and
  • random road and restaurant checks for tiger and ungulate harvest were abandoned in favour of following up informant reports

This report and journal article summarise ten years dealing with a very difficult project in a developing country and show in great details how the Open Standards are successfully used for detailed adaptive management.

Armed foot patrol, Lao PDR


Citation. Johnson, Arlyne, Chanthavy Vongkhamheng, Santi Saypanya, Troy Hansel, and Samantha Strindberg. 2012. Using systematic monitoring to evaluate and adapt the management of a tiger reserve in northern Lao PDR. WCS Working Papers No. 42, August 2012. Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx.

Journal articleTo protect or neglect? Design, monitoring, and evaluation of a law enforcement strategy to recover small populations of wild tigers and their prey

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