WWF has been a trusted organization in the Mekong region for more than three decades.
WWF helped establish conservation programmes in Thailand in the early 1980s, and has been active in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam since 1990. WWF is formally opening an office in Yangon, Myanmar, in 2014.
WWF-Myanmar’s five main strategic interventions
Support government, civil society and the private sector in their efforts to:
1. Accelerate the integration of green economy principles and climate change resilience into policy development and reform, including the adoption of a national green economy framework and roadmap to secure natural capital and ecosystem services, contributing to economic growth and development.
2.Promote green investments and sustainable production, and integrate social and environmental safeguards and responsible business models in investment and finance flows.
3.Establish integrated spatial planning and management initiatives that promote sustainable water infrastructure and integrated river basin management, enable spatially explicit sustainable development plans at the Tanintharyi landscape and national levels, and improve protected area network management and law enforcement.
4. Disrupt global tiger trade through Myanmar, enable recovery of tigers in Myanmar, and tackle other key wildlife trade issues by improving wildlife crime law enforcement and promoting new wildlife legislation.
5. Empower civil society and communities to participate in decision-making by both the government and the private sector at national and sub-national levels on issues of natural resource management.
Underpinning WWF’s five strategies, our climate change approach focuses on mitigation, helping reduce Myanmar’s vulnerability to climate change, and mainstreaming adaptation in our conservation strategies. In addition, WWF’s Myanmar strategy will focus on several ttransboundary issues on the border between Myanmar and Thailand, including illegal wildlife trade and transportation/infrastructure development.