Projects


Conservation and livelihood improvement programs in Lampi Marine National Park have been supported by the Italian NGO Istituto Oikos Onlus, in collaboration with the Myanmar Forest Department, BANCA and other Myanmar organisations and universities, and with the financial support of the Italian Development Cooperation, the European Union, Stiftung Drittes Millennium and private donors.
These are the main programs:


The biodiversity of Lampi Marine National Park is under growing pressure, due to an increasing human population, expanding economic and social development and climate change. The challenge is to protect valued resources while providing for local and recreational use of the park.


Support to Park Operations

Support to park operations

Support to Park Operations

Istituto Oikos has supported the construction of park facilities including a ranger house, park office and guesthouse for project staff and researchers. Training activities are regularly organised to enhance the management and technical skills of the park staff. Instituto Oikos has also provided a speed boat and field equipment including GPS, binoculars and camera traps, for monitoring and patrolling activities implemented by the rangers.

Biodiversity conservation and management

Park rangers

Biodiversity conservation and management

Ongoing field research programs collect data on forest and marine resources as well as the socioeconomic situation of the park.
Participatory mapping and planning with local stakeholders has led to the preparation of a 4-year management plan – officially approved by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry in November 2014 – and the zoning map of the park.

In collaboration with the University of Insubria, environmental monitoring protocols for birds and mammals have been developed, and local scientists, rangers and community members have been trained to perform environmental monitoring activities on a monthly basis.
The partner University of Bicocca is currently studying forest and marine resources through remote sensing techniques.
Corals were surveyed in 2014 by Flora and Fauna International (FFI).

Environmental education

Education in the school

Environmental education

Environmental education seminars are regularly held at local schools, community centres and monasteries to raise awareness about the role of the park – its resources and threats – in order to build support and encourage community participation in conservation.

WATER AND SANITATION

Kids in the village

WATER AND SANITATION

The water supply system of Makyone Galet village has been improved by the creation of a distribution line that provides clean freshwater to village households. Additional water springs are being identified to ensure proper water supply during dry season. Sanitation facilities will be built in public and private places beginning in 2016. Solutions for waste management are currently being investigated.

SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM

Survey on the boat

SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM

In order to promote sustainable tourism in Lampi Marine National Park, an ecotourism plan has been prepared, involving discussion with stakeholders at both a local and national level. A shorter version in Myanmar language is also available. The objective is to identify ecotourism initiatives that will deliver greater benefits to the local communities while supporting the conservation objectives of the park.
A comprehensive training program to support community-based tourism initiatives, involving English classes, started in June 2015.
Construction of a visitor centre will begin in late 2015. The centre will host a multi-function hall for educational activities, seminars and workshops, and accommodation facilities for visiting researchers and consultants.

PARK SUSTAINABILITY

Local workshop

PARK SUSTAINABILITY

Istituto Oikos and the Myanmar Forest Department are investigating different options to ensure the management of Lampi Marine National Park is sustainable at social, environmental and economic levels, through the introduction of financial mechanisms like Payment for Ecotourism Services (PES) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).