‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Prof. Mya Aye (Rector) and Prof. Mie Mie Sein of the University of Mandalay with Prof. Si Si Hla Bu, Pro-Rector of Hinthada University, Myanmar.

Paul Bates with staff and students of the Zoology Department of the University of Mandalay.

Collecting bats in a harp trap in Myanmar.

Entrance to Tawyagyi Wildlife Sanctuary, near Mandalay.

Eld’s deer (Rucervus eldi).

Integrating Myanmar (Burma) into Southeast Asia’s biodiversity network

Host countries: Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Lao PDR, and Malaysia

Project objective: The project seeks to increase regional capacity in the biodiversity sciences by integrating the Universities of Mandalay and Hinthada into the SE Asian network of research and conservation organisations.

Its aim is to help Myanmar and other participating countries fulfill their obligations to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) especially in relation to the Global Taxonomy Initiative and five Articles:

  • Article 7: identifying and monitoring components of biodiversity important for conservation
  • Article 10: sustainable use of biological diversity
  • Article 12: training of in-country staff/students to conduct research
  • Article 13: public education and awareness by increasing the capacity of local scientists to communicate with the general public on important conservation/ biodiversity issues
  • Article 17: promoting networks for the exchange of biodiversity information.

The project will provide training for staff and students in a variety of biodiversity survey techniques.  Field work will take place at Tawyagyi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a refuge for a small population of eld’s deer (Rucervus eldi).  Additionally, training will be given in bat survey techniques, including acoustic monitoring.

Collaborating institutions: Universities of Mandalay and Hinthada in Myanmar; Prince of Songkla University in Thailand; National University of Laos; Malaysian Bat Conservation Research Unit; and the Harrison Institute.

Harrison Institute contact: Dr Paul Bates – harrisoninstitute@btinternet.com

In-country contacts:
Professor Si Si Hla Bu, Pro-Rector of Hinthada University – sshb@myanmar.com.mm ; Associate Professor Dr Chutamas Satasook, Dean of Science, Prince of Songkla University – chutamas.p@psu.ac.th

Principal Funder:
SEAGP Funding, Foreign and Commonwealth Office - £11,104 of £37,004

Dates: June, 2009-April, 2010