BANCA Profile

Banca Profile



“Saving Biodiversity for your Life”







BANCA, a well-established NGO in Myanmar

  • Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) is a membership-based environmental NGO in Myanmar.
  • We started our activities in 2000 and registered officially with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Union of Myanmar in 2004 (registration number Local/0145).
  • We have over 140 members with various backgrounds. Our members are among others scientists, foresters, wildlife conservationists, ornithologists, botanists, mammal experts, GIS experts, orchid experts, herpetologists, marine and fresh water biologists, socio-economic experts, environmentalists, soil experts, students, lecturers and professors from universities.


What are we striving for?

Vision A nation with a flourishing nature and rich biodiversity, where people live in harmony with nature.
Mission Conservation of nature, primarily biological diversity, through action based on research, advocacy, partnership, network building, education, people’s participation and public awareness.
Values Teamwork Professional Spirit Integrity Positive Impact


Our focus is on Conservation, Community Development, Partnerships and Institutional Strengthening



1.1 Improve the conservation status of key sites and species
1.2 Enhance community development & community participation in conservation
1.3 Education in conservation and extension of our activities
1.4 Advocate for improved conservation policies and practices


2.1 Further improve working relationships with key government organizations
2.2 Build effective partnerships with national and international organizations


3.1 Strengthening financial system and organizational structure
3.2 Increase in and more stable funding


Working with a variety of partners



We are also working with 18 Local Conservation Groups. These groups were established and are supported by BANCA.


BANCA worked in many parts of Myanmar



BANCA worked/is working in:

  • Yangon Region
  • Bago Region
  • Mandalay Region
  • Magwe Region
  • Lower Sagaing Region
  • Western part of Southern Shan State
  • Northern part of northern Shan State
  • Chin State including the Naga area
  • Kachin State
  • Southern part of Tanintharyi including the Myeik Archipelago
  • Rakhine State
  • Mon State
  • Karen State


Successfully combining conservation and community development - the story of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (1)

spoon-billed-sandpiperThe Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Spoony) comes to Myanmar during the winter. With only an estimated number of less than 500 Spoonies worldwide the species is critically endangered. Since 2008 BANCA has been actively involved in protecting the Spoony.

  • Surveys in 2008, 2009 and 2010 showed that around 50% of the world’s population of the Spoony spends the winter in Myanmar, especially in the Gulf of Mottama.
  • The number of sightings of the Spoony has increased in Myanmar. This could be an indication that there are now more Spoonies wintering in Myanmar.
  • Activities included among others building good relationships with communities, involving the government on both township and state level and providing means of transport to Local Conservation Groups for patrolling the area.


Successfully combining conservation and community development - the story of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (2)

From hunter to leader of the Local Conservation Group (LCG)

fishermanWe supported bird-hunters around the Gulf of  Mottama to develop alternative livelihood opportunities. As a result the number of hunters has reduced. Some of the hunters have even become the leader of a Local Conservation Group (LCG). The LCGs, among others, patrol their area and inform other villagers about the importance of conservation.

A fisherman accidentally caught a Spoony in its fishing net. He contacted the Local Conservation Group team leader. Together they set the bird free.


Successfully combining conservation and community development - the story of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (3)

Helping communities to access water

helping-communities-03Around the Gulf of Mottama fresh water is scarce during the summer. In 2014 we established freshwater ponds in five villages. The ponds will provide fresh water year-round. On the request of surrounding villages BANCA is now establishing another 3 ponds.

Awareness raising, but not without a challenge.




(Re)discovering species in Myanmar

Rediscovery of the critically endangered Gurney’s Pitta in Sundiac level lowland forest of southern Tanintharyi Region in 2003 in collaboration with BirdLife International.

Discovery of the Myanmar Snub-nosed Monkey in Kachin State in collaboration with FFI and PRCF in 2010.


Publications concerning Myanmar’s Protected Areas, Bird Species & Investment Opportunities in Biodiversity

book-01Publishing ‘Myanmar Protected Areas: Context, Current Status and Challenges’ together with Instituto Oikos (2011).The publication provides an overview of all Protected Areas in Myanmar.


book-2Publishing Birds of Myanmar, a field guide for local birdwatchers (2003). This book is stillthe main source for both national and international ornithologist.



book-03Publishing Myanmar: Investment Opportunities in Biodiversity Conservation together with partners (2005).In 2011 WCS updated this publication.


Publishing Water Birds of Gulf of Mottama with partners (2014). 011


Other achievements

archievement-01Building fire shelters for the community. Around the Kyauk-pan-taung notified Wildlife Sanctuary, west Chin State we built fire shelters for local travellers.

Identifying Important Bird Areas (IBA) and having them included in the BirdLife International Asia IBA inventory.

BANCA discovered breeding sites of the Sea Turtle along the coastal line of Kyaintali Township, Rakhine State. This is one of the Biodiversity Hot Spot Areas of Myanmar.

Surveying the Eastern Himalayan Endemic bird area for several years, archievement-02recording 511 species of birds and 19 species of mammals.

  • 2002: Natmataung National Park of Southern Chin State
  • 2003: Bway-pa mountain  of Central Chin State
  • 2004: Majed mountain range of Eastern Kachin State
  • 2005 & 2006: Emaw bon mountain range of Eastern Kachin state

Conducting the Preliminary Population Assessment of Green Peafowl Survey to support conservation activities

Population status of Green Peafowl (Endangered) Surveyat Minbu Township, Magwe Region (2013)

A total of 201 bird species including 36 Green Peafowl were recorded. Also 12 species of mammals were recorded. The most important threats are the spread of agriculture and human use of biological resources. The bird population is threatened by direct exploitation and by habitat loss due to forest logging.


Conducting socio-economic & biodiversity surveys to support conservation & community development activities

Socio-economic and biodiversity survey at Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary (one and only Ramsar Site in Myanmar) (2014). 133 bird species, 12 mammal species, 24 reptile & amphibian species, 74 flora species, 37 fish species and 55 butterfly & insect species were found. The main threats to the Wetland are bird hunting, electric shock fishing, catching turtles and snakes for trading and habitat loss. Conservation of the Wetland is closely linked to community development since 77% of the households depend on the Wetland for their livelihood. The survey results will be used for developing future community development and environmental conservation initiatives.


Conducting biodiversity surveys in Tanintharyi Region to support conservation activities (2014)

4-week biodiversity survey in Tanintharyi Region

We found 122 bird species, 20 mammal species, 14 reptile & amphibian species, 71 butterfly species, 29 tree species and 12 bamboo species.

The main threats for biodiversity are hunting and trapping animals for food and hunting turtles and snakes for trading with China and Thailand. Moreover, habitat loss, due to logging and establishing plantations (oil palm, rubber and betel nut), is a major threat.



Recognition of our work by others


  • We received the ‘Outstanding Award for Biodiversity Conservation’ by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar in 2005.
  • BANCA became a BirdLife ‘Affiliate’ in 2005.
  • BANCA was recognized in National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP, 2011) as the second biggest local NGO in Myanmar.
  • BANCA was awarded as ‘Species Guardian of Spoon-billed Sandpiper’ by BirdLife International in 2009.
  • BANCA’s Spoon-billed Sandpiper activities were recognized by Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry in Fifth National Report to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (March, 2014).



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Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association (BANCA)
Myanmar Registered Charity 1/Local/0141

Address : No.943, Second floor (right), Kyeik Wine Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel : +95-9- 420080979,+95-1-663077
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