We are delighted to announce that the new national vulture consortium created in Myanmar, the Myanmar Vulture Working Group (MVWG) has been welcomed as a Project partner to SAVE. Instigated through two key meetings [Myanmar comes together for vultures] in 2018, two participants, Thiri Daewe Aung, and Ngwe Lwin attended the annual SAVE meeting, representing BANCA (BirdLife in Myanmar) and FFI respectively.
The seven members of MVWG are as follows: Forest Department, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) – Chair, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Myanmar Bird And Nature Society (MBNS), and Friends of Wildlife (FoW).
MVWG is calling its first meeting in Naypyidaw in April, together with Government, and we look forward to hearing more on the agreed activities and future developments which are urgently needed for vultures in the country.
We also take this opportunity to announce that our longstanding SAVE Partner, the Hawk Conservancy Trust (HCT) has been invited to take a place on the SAVE Board, becoming the ninth Core SAVE partner, acknowledging the critical role that the Trust plays in supporting and undertaking agreed priority work, especially in Pakistan. The appointed board member, Campbell Murn, has been a regular attendee of SAVE meetings and is well known to the consortium. [ https://bit.ly/2EOey1t]
Both of these decisions were confirmed at the latest SAVE Board meeting, and we are very pleased that the SAVE partnership continues to strengthen and grow, following on from the addition of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in November.