WCS Myanmar News

Ensuring a Blue Future for Myanmar’s Coastal Communities

(ဩဂုတ် 20, 2018) By Kyaw Thinn Latt “It used to be quite easy to catch enough fish to feed my family and for me to sell the surplus in the market,” laments Mr. Than Zaw Htay, a coastal fisher in the Kyeintali area of Myanmar, “but these days it is harder and harder to catch enough.” This situation reflects a growing global trend - where overfishing, rising seas, warming waters, pollution, and poor ocean management, combined with increasing demand for fish, are quickly diminishin...

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World Environmental Day :Beach Plastic Clean Up Activities in Kyeintali, Rakhine State

(ဇွန် 21, 2018) Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, with statistics showing that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. To change the future, we all need to play our part. Whether it is a bottled soft drink, a bag and fishing gear trash (ghost nets), single-use plastic has become embedded in our daily lives. The low cost, convenience and lightness of these products have revolutionized the packaging of goods. However, the catastrophic environmental c...

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Recent Wildlife Law Enforcement action in Myanmar

(ဇွန် 20, 2018) Following the publication of the MECAP, and the Voices for Momos campaign, there has been greater focus and awareness around Elephant poaching. The CID (Criminal Investigation Department) was directly assigned by the Ministry of Home Affairs. They organized a team to trace illegal wildlife trade and they traced the source from the killing of Elephants in Ayeyarwady Division. The Police have done investigation and taken coordinated action in 3 separate Divisions in the last week. Six men have be...

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Steps towards Establishment of Protected Area Management Plans in Alaungdaw Kathapa and Natmataung National Park

(မေ 22, 2018) The Republic of The Union of Myanmar is a golden country, blessed with natural resources, unique ecosystems and biodiversity richness. However, in recent decades, increase in population, unsustainable overexploitation of natural resources had led to steady decline of natural resources. To prevent such deplorable situations, Forest Department, under the administration of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, established protected areas to conserve precious natural resource...

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Turning adversity into a bright future: hundreds of Big-Headed Turtles confiscated in Burma (Myanmar) used to establish a new conservation breeding programme

(မေ 22, 2018) A species that has greatly benefited from conservation efforts is the Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum). Native to the hills and mountains of eastern and southern Myanmar, the Big-headed Turtle is subject to increasing demand from wildlife markets in southern China. Indeed, it appears that most of the illegally collected turtles are destined for alleged “turtle farms” operated by unscrupulous Chinamen who use these operations to launder wild-caught turtles, passing them o...

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Survey and Conservation of Myanmar’s rarest birds: River Tern and Black-bellied Tern in the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

(မေ 22, 2018) Myanmar is very rich in freshwater biodiversity. The inland water ecosystem of Myanmar is associated with four major rivers, the Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Thanlwin and Sittaung. Freshwater and wetland biodiversity and ecosystems provide essential ecosystem services to the Myanmar people. Sadly, many freshwater species and habitats are rapidly being degraded and destroyed, due to several threats. Some species face habitat lost and dramatic population declines due to human activities. Conservation i...

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Cambodia – Myanmar Exchange visit to support freshwater, grassland and wetland conservation

(ဧပြီ 25, 2018) An exchange visit was organized for 17 Myanmar government officials, community members, and WCS field staff to visit Cambodia, and learn from their experience with community-based approaches to conservation. Two back-to-back visits saw Department of Agriculture officials and community members visit the Ibis Rice field site, a grassland conservation area and flooded forest, and the SRP pilot site, where they met directly with farmers and officials implementing a conservation agriculture pilot pr...

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The government takes decisive action to ensure future of Myanmar’s elephants

(ဖေဖော်ဝါရီ 19, 2018) Press ReleaseThe government takes decisive action to ensure future of Myanmar’s elephantsNaypyitaw (15th-16th February 2018)The Myanmar Elephant Conservation Action Plan (known as the MECAP) was launched today at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw. The MECAP will guide efforts by the Government, civil society, wildlife biologists and conservationists to create the social, economic, and biological conditions that allow elephants to co-exist with humans in the same landscapes.The purpose of the MECAP...

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LTP Toolkit: Community Resource Documentation

(ဇန်နဝါရီ 08, 2018) Participatory mapping is an approach used to document the land resources of rural communities in Myanmar. This toolkit describes procedures and tools that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Myanmar Land Tenure Project (LTP) team developed and tested in 11 village tracts across the country. The project conducted pilot site activities to demonstrate how articles of the National Land Use Policy (NLUP) could be implemented on the ground.LTP created this toolkit for an aud...

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Translocation of Burmese Star Tortoise eggs from the assurance colony to natural sites in Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary and preparations for a large release of captive-reared Burmese Star Tortoises

(ဒီဇင်ဘာ 22, 2017) In December, the WCS/TSA Turtle Team was occupied with two major conservation projects. The first project involved the translocation of Burmese Star Tortoise eggs from the assurance colony to natural sites in Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary. Although egg translocation is a technique widely used in sea turtle conservation, to our knowledge this is the first application of this strategy to tortoise conservation. Translocating eggs is relatively straightforward; freshly deposited clutches are excava...

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Releasing crocodile in the wild

(ဒီဇင်ဘာ 13, 2017) Saltwater Crocodile or Estuarin Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was kept in mini-Zoo for long time in Dawei since juvenile. This mini-Zoo is not suitable to keep any other animals and illegal facilities. Forest Department has been taken action since 2011 and force to shut down but some people are still visiting and 200kyat per person for entrance fees. This crocodile is about 10feet long. Forest Department and WCS Myanmar team are working together to release this crocodile near Bokepyin Township...

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WCS training and review at Rakhine Yoma Elephant Reserve (RYER)

(ဒီဇင်ဘာ 07, 2017) Main aims of this field trip were to join the Rakhine Yoma Elephant Reserve (RYER) warden in inspecting the patrol elephant team and the upgraded guard post on the Kyeintalie stream. The visit provided an opportunity to provide refresher training for existing staff and basic training for the new community guards. The park warden supervised improvements including new water management and installation of solar panels, radio and antenna mast to make the guard-post more effective. There was then a g...

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Recent births of claves to two patrol elephants

(ဒီဇင်ဘာ 07, 2017) Main aims of this field trip were to join the Rakhine Yoma Elephant Reserve (RYER) warden in inspecting the patrol elephant team and the upgraded guard post on the Kyeintalie stream. The visit provided an opportunity to provide refresher training for existing staff and basic training for the new community guards. Training with patrol teams at Kyeigarkhon Guard-post for 4 days starting form 1st - 4th December. Before the training, on 30th Nov, the team visited, with RYER warden, U San Win, to Kya...

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Building Capacities for Marine Spatial Planning in Myanmar

Building Capacities for Marine Spatial Planning in Myanmar
(ဒီဇင်ဘာ 06, 2017) During November 27 – December 1, WCS initiated training on marine spatial planning to 20 representatives of Myanmar’s inter-agency National Coastal Resource Management Committee (NCRMC). In collaboration with trainers from the GIZ-supported Blue Solutions Initiative, the training workshop introduced participants to key blue planning concepts through case studies, presentations, discussions, and participatory exercises. Co-hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Forest Department, p...

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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

(အောက်တိုဘာ 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...

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

(အောက်တိုဘာ 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...

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Conservation-Back From the Brink: Ex-situ Conservation and Recovery of the Critically Endangered Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) in Myanmar

(စက်တင်ဘာ 27, 2017) Geochelone platynota - Captive propagation (2017).pdf


NATURAL HISTORY NOTES - Batagur trivittata - dichromatic coloration (2017)

(စက်တင်ဘာ 26, 2017) Batagur trivittata - dichromatic coloration (2017).pdf


DNA testing challenges traditional species classification

DNA testing challenges traditional species classification
(ဇွန် 24, 2016)   -   Through DNA testing scientists at WCS and NUS have made a surprising discovery that could subvert the significance of traditional criteria used for species classification.

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Endangered Tiger Killed in Myanmar Came from Thailand

Endangered Tiger Killed in Myanmar Came from Thailand
(မတ် 09, 2016)   -   Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say that a tiger killed on Feb 25th in Myanmar came from a protected area in neighboring Thailand that currently hosts between 60 and 70 tigers.

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International Wildlife Crime Operation Rescues Stolen Burmese Star Tortoises

International Wildlife Crime Operation Rescues Stolen Burmese Star Tortoises
(ဒီဇင်ဘာ 29, 2015)   -   An Investigation on Facebook Leads to the Arrest of Two Suspects in Connection to the Theft of Critically Endangered Burmese Star Tortoises

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Survival of Myanmar Endangered Species Rely on Sustainable Protected Areas

 Survival of Myanmar Endangered Species Rely on Sustainable Protected Areas
(အောက်တိုဘာ 19, 2015)   -   Myanmar’s protected areas are facing critical funding shortages, with several unable to cover the costs of essential equipment, maintenance, and operational activities, in addition to needing more dedicated staff with increased technical capacities. A new report offers an assessment of the financial status, constraints, and opportunities for financing of these areas.

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Introducing Myanmar's Sustainable Blue Economy

Introducing Myanmar's Sustainable Blue Economy
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Kalyar Platt receives the 10th Annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award

Kalyar Platt receives the 10th Annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award
(ဩဂုတ် 23, 2015)   -   The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual John L. Behler Turtle Conservation Award has been presented to Kalyar Platt, Turtle Conservation Coordinator in Myanmar for the Turtle Survival Alliance.

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World’s Second Most Endangered Turtle on Road to Recovery

World’s Second Most Endangered Turtle on Road to Recovery
(ဧပြီ 09, 2015)   -   p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; widows: 2; orphans: 2; page-break-after: avoid; }p.western { font-size: 11pt; }p.cjk { font-size: 11pt; }a:link { color: rgb(0, 0, 255); } 60 Myanmar roofed turtles - a species once thought extinct - are released into their native habitat around the village of Linpha in Myanmar.

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WCS Re-Discovers "Extinct" Bird in Myanmar

WCS Re-Discovers "Extinct" Bird in Myanmar
(မတ် 05, 2015)   -   Jerdon’s babbler (Chrysomma altirostre) had not been seen in country since July 1941. After missing from Myanmar for 73 years, WCS has rediscovered it once again.

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