Threatened ecosystems of Myanmar. An IUCN Red List of ecosystems assessment. Version 1.0.

Murray, Nicholas J., Keith, David A., Tizard, Robert, Duncan, Adam, Hlaing, Nyan, Htut, Win Thuya, Oo, Aung Htat, Ya, Kyaw Zay, and Grantham, Hedley (2020) Threatened ecosystems of Myanmar. An IUCN Red List of ecosystems assessment. Version 1.0. Report. Wildlife Conservation Society, Randwick, NSW, Australia.

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[Excerpt:] Myanmar's Red List of Ecosystems is a tool to understand our threats and plan for conservation and sustainable management. Forests constitute the dominant ecosystems in Myanmar, and we are blessed with high forest cover (42.92%) and diversity, with 36 of our 64 ecosystems identified as forest and mangrove. These forests and biodiversity underpin a range of ecosystem services which are central to Myanmar’s sustainable development, supporting human and resource needs, and contributing to a more stable climate. The loss of forests and our biodiversity leads to degradation and deterioration of ecosystem services and threatens Myanmar’s irreplaceable ecological heritage. We often discuss ecosystem services but this study documents Myanmar’s terrestrial ecosystem typology and spatial distribution for the first time. This is one of the first ecosystem red lists developed within ASEAN and this will inform our implementation for decades to come to inform legislation, land-use planning, protected area expansion, monitoring and reporting, and ecosystem management. To sustain our forests and our biodiversity we need to sustainably manage all of these incredible ecosystems.

Item ID: 65723
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-9903852-5-7
Copyright Information: This document is an open access publication licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 02:50
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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