SEA Biodiversity Roundtable Discussion

Dates: June 1-2, 2017
Venue: Yangon, Myanmar


The Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) of Hydropower in Myanmar is supported and advised by technical expert groups.  Two are the Expert Group on Biodiversity and the Expert Group on Aquatic Systems and Fisheries.  Following initial meetings of those groups the SEA team felt that it would be essential to bring them together to discuss and refine the SEA methodology and critical GIS layers identifying the terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity areas which require recognition and special conservation and management.

This round table working session is to update and refine the national maps on:

  • Potential and proposed protected areas - and justification for their establishment (and issues relating to management) - for both terrestrial and aquatic systems
  • Key biodiversity areas for both terrestrial and aquatic systems - expanding and redefining the boundaries of the existing KBAs - and reviewing their descriptions and level of biodiversity importance
  • Defining the national forest estate

The reason for this update and refinement is to establish sets of maps on zones of biodiversity importance which require special consideration, safeguards and recognition in the development planning process. The SEA of hydropower is conducting an inventory and mapping of all those biodiversity values throughout the country which need to be conserved and maintained.

The round table working session brings together national conservation organizations (Government and NGOs), international conservation NGOs and academic institutions with familiarity and expertise in the biodiversity of Myanmar. Each participant or organization would need to bring with them information which will contribute to the participatory mapping exercise. That may take the form of for example, a power point presentation, hard and soft copies of maps of specific protected areas - existing and proposed, and maps and information on the biodiversity of areas not included in the PA system and relevant GIS digital layers. The round table would be run over two days and involve participatory mapping activities and technical presentations and discussions.