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Slow and Steady, a Tortoise Is Winning Its Race With Extinction
10/10/2017
Myanmar Marine Biodiversity Atlas
8/9/2017
Marine Spacial planning for Myanmar
8/8/2017
Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas in Myanmar
This document reports on a strategic review carried out to support the development of a sustainable finance strategy for Myanmar’s PA network. It assesses financing status, trends, constraints and opportunities. The aim is to identify needs, niches and entry points for strengthening PA financial sustainability, to be discussed with MOECAF and other key stakeholders and prioritised according to their usefulness, relevance and strategic importance for follow-up.
4/18/2017
SMART Training Report 2014
A Myanmar National SMART user training was conducted at the Forestry Research Institute, Yezin, Myanmar from 13 – 16 th October 2014. The 4-­‐day intensive training targeted protected area staff who are responsible for the management, analysis and reporting of ranger patrol data. Appropriate staff to join this training were individuals based at park offices who are involved in the entry of patrol data onto computer, analysis and interpretation, management and administration of patrol data, or people in the Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division office who have direct responsibility for managing data coming from conservation sites. A total of 30 participants from 18 protected areas joined the workshop. The course covered: the philosophy of adaptive patrol management and the role SMART plays in facilitating this; how to use the SMART software (V3.0.2) and adapt it to the needs of the site. Overall, both the training and the SMART software were well received with 99% of respondents agreeing that the SMART approach to law enforcement monitoring (LEM) is relevant and useful to their conservation site and 99% agreeing that they can apply the knowledge and skills learnt to their work. The course was taught by Tony Lynam, with support from Saw Htun and Than Zaw. Saw Htoo Tha Po, Annie Chit and the FRI staff provided logistical support.
4/18/2017
Review of the Taninthayi Nature Reserve Project as a conservation model in Myanmar
The project is contributing to the conservation of Myanmar’s biodiversity, and this has been done at no operational, and only minor financial, burden to the companies involved. The initiative has helped companies to successfully manage some non-technical risks associated with operating in a sensitive environment with globally-important biodiversity. The TNRP compensates for some impacts on biodiversity caused by the pipelines and support facilities, which has helped to address stakeholder concerns. In addition, protection of the forest area around the pipeline has reportedly reduced the risk of erosion damage to pipelines and might have contributed to improved security along the pipeline.
4/18/2017
National Tiger Action Plan for Myanmar
This report is the synthesis of a three-year research conducted jointly by the Myanmar Forest Department and the Wildlife Conservation Society with funding from the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and ExxonMobile’s “Save The Tiger Fund”. The document details what is needed to save Myanmar’s tigers from extinction and so provides a valuable prospectus for future conservation. It will become a part of the Myanmar forest policy for recovery of the species. The Tiger represents many things to Myanmar people and to the Union of Myanmar and it’s natural wilderness. It is a national symbol for the country, a flagship for conservation, an indicator of intact and healthy forest ecosystems, and a keystone species upon which other biodiversity and the forest itself are dependent. Despite their importance, the status of Myanmar’s tiger population was uncertain for many years due to poaching for the trade in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), hunting of their prey species, and forest clearance to meet human needs at the expense of wildlife. In the absence of detailed knowledge about where tigers live and how they are threatened in those places, plans to conserve the species were thwarted.
4/18/2017
Myanmar Biodiversity Conservation Investment Vision
In January 2012, the Wildlife Conservation Society with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, assembled over 80 of the country’s environmental experts from civil society and government to discuss the current status of the country’s biodiversity, the threats it faces and the priorities for future investment to ensure that it is sustained. The results of this are the first steps in a process of government and civil society working together for environmental conservation in Myanmar.
4/18/2017
Marine Conservation in Myanmar - Current knowledge and research recommendations
To understand the current state of marine resources in Myanmar and to lay a foundation for future marine conservation activities, we complied over 600 papers and reports relating to the country’s marine biodiversity and habitats. We also gathered existing GIS data on marine habitats and generated distribution maps for two critical marine habitats based on newly available satellite datasets. Information and findings from these sources are summarized in this report.
4/18/2017
Community Based Natural Resource Management
This document reports the latest best practices in community based natural resource management as implemented during a fieldwork performed from October 18 to November 1 2014 in the village of Nam Sabi in Hkamti District, Sagaing Region and in a small tract of forest located south of the village. The basic objective of the village work was to finalize the list of useful plant species and to select an appropriate location for the establishment of a Village Management Area (VMA); forest work was focused on laying out a baseline for the VMA and sampling two transects to train local crews in the inventory methodology.
4/18/2017
GIS Shapes Showing Myanmar Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors
Myanmar Biodiversity Conservation Investment Vision (MBCIV) GIS Shapes Showing Key Biodiversity Areas and Corridors
2/22/2016

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