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Online (Microsoft Teams)
09 October 2020
Brij Mohan Singh Rathore
Bilateral collaboration between India and Myanmar has received a strong boost with the recent signing of an MoU for cooperation on “Combating timber trafficking and conservation of tigers and other wildlife” in February 2020.
HI-LIFE – a transboundary conservation and development initiative implemented by ICIMOD and its partners in China, India, and Myanmar – is looking to strengthen bilateral conservation efforts between India and Myanmar, by promoting the exchange of knowledge and best practices from across the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region.
The COVID-19 pandemic with its linkages to environmental degradation and human–wildlife inter-relationships further underlines the importance of regional and international collaboration for biodiversity conservation and management. Inter-country and regional transboundary collaboration is imperative for the conservation of megafauna that have naturally extensive ranges and need contiguous habitats.
This virtual meeting will focus on tiger conservation and monitoring. India is globally recognized for its tiger conservation efforts, and Myanmar is also prioritizing the conservation of this flagship species. Close cross-border collaboration between India and Myanmar through enhanced communication and information sharing, consultation, coordinated action, and joint implementation of wildlife management plans can further advance the mission of tiger conservation in the far-eastern Himalayan region.
The meeting aims to: