The Southern Forest Complex is located in the southern part of Myanmar, and features a long coast facing the Andaman sea on the west, and the Taninthayi range on the east. The region comprises tropical rain forests inhabiting globally endangered species like Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus). Moreover, Taninthayi range connects with the internationally well-known forest complex namely Western Forest Complex (WEFCOM) and Kaeng Krachan National Park in western Thailand. Altogether this region represents a large forest complex that must be given high priority for trans-boundary conservation actions between Myanmar and Thailand.
> Conduct targeted biodiversity and habitat surveys and assessments along Myanmar’s coast;> Design and deliver a participatory, multi-sector National Marine Spatial Planning process;> Assess near-shore and offshore fisheries legislation and practices to inform fisheries governance reform;> Enable fisheries co-management planning and implementation;> Design, implement and test innovative financing and market-based fisheries conservation and restoration models;> Secure a comprehensive Marine Protected Area network;> Co-design
mechanisms for robust environmental sensitivity mapping, response
planning and Environmental Impact Assessments appraisals;> Design marine species protection strategies, including for sharks, rays, turtles and dugong; and,> Support national capacity for marine research and conservation.