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Influence of institutional arrangements on invasive plant species management from multilevel perspectives: A case study in Vietnam’s National Parks

Truong, T.T.A., Andrew, M.E., Hardy, G.E.St.J., Dell, B. and Hughes, M.ORCID: 0000-0002-9810-1891 (2022) Influence of institutional arrangements on invasive plant species management from multilevel perspectives: A case study in Vietnam’s National Parks. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 15 (2). pp. 89-97.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1017/inp.2022.16
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Abstract

Invasive plant species (IPS) management in national parks is a complex problem often characterised by the involvement of various organisations with different responsibilities, legal mandates, and jurisdictions. These institutional arrangements shape the structure, function, and decision-making behaviours of organisations and influence management effectiveness. Drawing on institutional theory, this study analysed institutional arrangements and how these influenced IPS management in national parks of Vietnam. Data were collected between May and July 2017 using in-depth interviews with 39 key informants with responsibilities for IPS management at different institutional levels (national, provincial, local national parks). Results demonstrated that IPS management in Vietnam’s national parks was characterised by centralised management with overlaps and gaps in vertical institutional relationships that limited the effectiveness of horizontal relationships. These characteristics resulted in a lack of clear guiding regulations and limited resources that restricted decision making and hindered implementation at the local national park level. The study highlights the need for a common set of principles across agencies, governed by an overarching body to promote constructive relationships across the vertical and horizontal institutional dimensions of IPS management.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Agricultural Sciences
Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Centre for Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © 2022 Weed Science Society of America
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/65451
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