Entries for October 2017

Statements of Wildlife Conservation Society Myanmar Program on The protests of Indigenous people and local communities on Hkakabo Razi National Park Southern Extension Establishment and Hkakabo Razi Landscape World Heritage Nomination Process

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(October 29, 2017) • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has actively collaborated with Forest Department and UNESCO for the World Heritage Site nomination process for Hkakabo Razi Landscape. As the world heritage process is lengthy and complex, WCS has sympathized with indigenous peoples and local communities on their worries and concerns for the potential negative impacts on customary land tenure and tradition natural resource use practices.• WCS has practiced Participatory Land Use and Resource Use Ma...


Slow and Steady, a Tortoise Is Winning Its Race With Extinction

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(October 10, 2017) The Burmese star tortoise was almost history.By the early 2000s, the natives of central Myanmar’s deserts had dwindled to such low counts in the wild that ecologists declared them functionally extinct. About the size of a football when mature, the animals sported yellow polygon patterns across their shells that helped them camouflage in dry grasses but also made them attractive as exotic pets, smuggled for thousands of dollars to the United States, Europe and other parts of Asia.Now, it ap...