|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|
CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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
We are also working with 18 Local Conservation Groups. These groups were established and are supported by BANCA.
BANCA worked/is working in:
The 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.
From hunter to leader of the Local Conservation Group (LCG)
We 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.
Helping communities to access water
Around 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.
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.
Publishing ‘Myanmar Protected Areas: Context, Current Status and Challenges’ together with Instituto Oikos (2011).The publication provides an overview of all Protected Areas in Myanmar.
Publishing Birds of Myanmar, a field guide for local birdwatchers (2003). This book is stillthe main source for both national and international ornithologist.
Publishing Myanmar: Investment Opportunities in Biodiversity Conservation together with partners (2005).In 2011 WCS updated this publication.
Building 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, recording 511 species of birds and 19 species of mammals.
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.
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.
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.