National Training for Wetland Managers in Myanmar

On 6-10 August 2018, the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) of Myanmar organized the “National Training for Wetland Managers” at the Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary, Myanmar. Twenty two officers and staff participated in the event representing the government sector (Forest Department of MONREC, and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Moeyungyi Wetland, Indawgyi Lake, Inlay Lake and Meinmahla Kyun), non-government organizations (Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association, Fauna and Flora International, and Wildlife Conservation Society) and academe (Yangon University and Bago University).

The training aimed to orient participants on the Ramsar Convention and its tools; share basic concepts, new information, and experiences in wetland management; identify site-specific and common wetland issues in the country, and recommend solutions to address these issues; encourage interaction and discussions among wetland managers; and strengthen the network of wetland managers in the country. Topics for the training included the Ramsar Site Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (R-METT) and were based on the “Action Plan for the Delivery of Improved Management and Wise Use of Valuable Wetlands in Myanmar” with focus on developing monitoring skills for waterbirds, invertebrates, fish and aquatic vegetation. Resource persons from IUCN-Lao PDR, Wildlife Institute of India, University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, and National University of Mongolia shared their expertise at the training.