Our work to protect Myanmar’s biodiversity
Fauna & Flora has been supporting conservation work by local civil society organisations in Myanmar since 2008, and we were one of the first international conservation organisations on the ground as the country began to open up in 2011.
We have a varied and exciting programme of work in the country, covering a wide range of ecosystems including forests, wetlands and marine environments. Our work ranges from community-based conservation to collaborative protected area management, and from site-based conservation to landscape- and seascape-level conservation approaches, such as the ridge-to-reef conservation project in Tanintharyi and our freshwater ecosystem conservation programme in the upper Irrawaddy basin.
We mitigate threats at our project sites by supporting collaborative patrolling and law enforcement, as well as providing support for sustainable livelihood development in buffer zones. The latter includes initiatives such as community forestry, sustainable fisheries, organic farming and responsible ecotourism.
Through research, we are identifying critical areas for biodiversity and supporting the Myanmar government in planning and establishing protected areas at these sites. We have played an instrumental role in the designation of Myanmar’s first locally managed marine areas, two Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Lake Indawgyi.
Our research into the sustainability of oil palm plantations in Myanmar prompted the government in the Tanintharyi region to issue a moratorium on new plantations until it had completed a review of the legal status and social and environmental impacts of the existing concession.
We are also carrying out a number of projects aimed at conserving flagship species such as tiger, elephant, red panda and endangered primates including the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.