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The Dawna-Tenasserim Landscape (DTL)



The Dawna-Tenasserim Landscape (DTL) covers the vast forests that span the mountains between Thailand and Myanmar, one of the most intact natural landscapes in the entire Greater Mekong region and a stronghold for tigers, elephants, and other endangered wildlife. This forest ecosystem provides freshwater for the area and is critical for mitigating climate change.
 
	© Wandee Krichanan / WWF Thailand
The Dawna-Tenasserim Landscape (DTL)
© Wandee Krichanan / WWF Thailand

To build a green economy that benefits people while conserving natural capital.

The DTL Integrity Project works to identify and proactively address threats to the integrity of this landscape. WWF engages with local people and government to help guide the development and associated infrastructure taking place there, to build a green economy that benefits people while conserving natural capital.

Activities in FY2016 included:
  • Strengthened local people’s voices and capacity to participate in decision-making regarding the Dawei Road and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by using GIS and Google maps as tools to monitor impact of the Dawei project.
  • Supported surveys and analysis to identify the threats from new roads, proposed dams, and other infrastructure in the Western Forest Complex (WEFCOM) and adjacent areas in Myanmar.  
  • Supported a study on the socio-economic impacts of the proposed route of the Dawei road in Thailand to demonstrate effects on local communities. 
  • Helped bolster local understanding of natural capital valuation and assessment tools (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs: InVEST) and apply it into infrastructure project’s environmental impact assessment.  
  • Supported Seub Nakasathien Foundation to conserve forests and maintain ecological corridors in the Western Forest Complex. 
  • Used a paramotor to take aerial photos and video of portions of the DTL to better communicate the uniqueness of this landscape and secure support for its conservation
 
	© Wandee Krichanan / WWF Thailand
The Dawna-Tenasserim Landscape (DTL)
© Wandee Krichanan / WWF Thailand