Methods for biodiversity monitoring
In March 2016, Chances for Nature member Matthias Markolf was visiting the Indawgyi lake in Myanmar and conducted trainings on biodiversity and environmental awareness on behalf of Fauna Flora International (FFI). Local employees and ranger of the Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary, FFI, Inn Chitu and Friends of Wildlife participated in the trainings. The participants were trained in different biological methods to assess and monitor wild animal populations. Methods ranged from non-invasive genetic sampling, camera trapping and recordings of Eastern Hillock Gibbon vocalizations to thourough scientific documentation of observations in the field.
Environmental education and awareness
The most important threats and possibilities for awareness activities for the protection of wildlife at Indawgyi lake were discussed and evaluated together with the local staff during the second part of the training. At the same time a knowledge, behaviour and attitude survey was implemented in order to assess the knowledge and behaviour of the local population around the lake. The results of the training and survey should be incorporated directly in form of awareness activities in the future management plan of the Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary to increase environmental awareness in the local population.