BACKGROUND SOCIAL RESEARCH

SVW has conducted several background research to understand the demographics and characteristics of our target groups, identify local needs, establish the conservation requirements of our targeted species, and develop appropriate interventions in response to identified conservation needs.

In 2015, we interviewed 8,313 Vietnamese people living in 15 provinces across Vietnam to research the prevalence of pangolin trade and consumption in Vietnam. This is the first national-wide social research focusing on pangolin trade and consumption that provided conservation organisations and governmental agencies with baselines to determine potential solutions to reduce pangolin use in Vietnam. 

In 2018, we interviewed 315 community leaders and 1,403 households living in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park, Nghe An Province to evaluate the communities’ awareness, attitude, and behaviour toward wildlife. The results have identified several common ‘hotspots’ of wildlife hunting in the National Park, and have helped us and local partners build some guidance on the activities that could be done to reduce the involvement of these communities in illegal hunting.

In 2020, we interviewed 384 Government officers and 32 restaurant owners to understand their attitude and knowledge about the possible link between wildlife consumption and the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as their motivations and other social factors that led to wildlife consumption. Research findings were used to develop interventions to reduce wildlife consumption in the area. The completed report will be published and updated here. 

In 2021, we designed a survey and trained the Anti-poaching team to interview 318 households who were contracted to protect the forest, with the purpose of finding out their current patrolling situation in the park and their knowledge about forest protection contracts. From that, we want to propose recommendations to increase the effectiveness of the activity. 

EVALUATION RESEARCH

SVW has conducted several social surveys to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our demand reduction and school programs.

Evaluation research of the school programs for children living in the buffer zone of Cuc Phuong National Park: find out more details, findings, and report here.

The report of the evaluation research of the school programs for children living in the buffer zone of Pu Mat National Park will be published and updated here in December 2022, after the project ends.

The report of the evaluation research for the demand reduction program in Nghe An Province will be published and updated here in 2023, after the project ends.