On June 14, Spike Millington, Chief Executive, and Minseon Kim, Program Officer, headed to Myanmar to support and follow up Myanmar’s application to join EAAFP and its nomination of Flyway Network Sites.
Meetings were held with Director Win Naing Thaw and Mr. Pyi Soe Aung of the Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry to prepare the application documents. The Director General of the Forest Dept., Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw then signed the formal application.
Five Flyway Network Sites were identified and proposed, with boundaries and criteria. These are the Gulf of Mottama, a critical site for Spoon-billed Sandpipers and other shorebirds, Indawgyi Lake, Moeyungyi Wetland, Inlay Lake and Meinmahla Island. Spike and Minseon also held meetings and discussions with conservation NGOs in Yangon, including BANCA, WCS (an EAAFP Partner), Bird & Nature Society, to promote cooperation. EAAFP’s visit to Myanmar strengthened the relationship with Myanmar government and NGOs.