Community-Based Eld's Deer Conservation
The 27,000-ha Chatthin Wildlife Sanctuary in Sagaing Division is located in the Central Dry Zone and forms the largest remnant of Myanmar’s highly threatened deciduous dipterocarp forests.
Chatthin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to more than 1,800 EN Eld’s deer, by far the world’s largest wild population.
The major threats are conversion to agriculture, fuelwood extraction, and hunting, particularly of Eld’s deer.
The goal is to reduce the impact of local people on the sanctuary’s resources through a program of environmental education and establishment of a community forest.