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Restoring forest landscapes in Myanmar

 

A globally important landscape that is home to diverse wildlife and communities, the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape (DTL) straddling the Myanmar-Thai border has some of the largest contiguous forested area in Southeast Asia. With over 80 per cent of forest cover, the DTL serves as a critical carbon sink for the region, providing vital ecosystem services such as water provisioning to large populations in Bangkok and Yangon. It is also a key refuge for many wildlife species including flagship species such as Asian tigers, elephants and other endemic species.

A member of Lake Hla Aii fish conservation in Tayat Chaung township in Tanintharyi, Myanmar.

Largely populated by indigenous communities with limited income-generating opportunities and high dependence on forest-based resources, the intact ecosystems of the DTL provide essential services that support both natural and human communities such as the provisioning of water, forest products that provides subsistence and livelihoods of local communities, nutrient cycling, crop pollination, and carbon sequestration functions.

Recognising the need to conserve the biodiversity of the region through landscape and transboundary approaches, WWF-Singapore and Southern Ridges Capital entered a five-year partnership to restore forest cover in the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape which takes place in Myanmar. The improved connectivity, protection and expansion of forest cover will enhance wildlife corridors and thus increase the overall ecological connectivity

The partnership aims to achieve the following:

  • Engage in a community-based programme of forest landscape restoration.

  • Restore at least 25 hectares of forest cover in the Tanintharyi Division of Myanmar.

  • Build capacity and support the development of organisational structures of local communities living in high biodiversity areas, struggling with poverty, lack of access to markets, and growing threats to ecological integrity as a result of infrastructure impacts.

  • Increase forest habitat for wildlife movement, protect and improve essential ecosystem services by incorporating agroforestry elements that contribute directly to livelihoods and food security.