Marine key biodiversity areas
Rakhine marine corridor
Tanintharyi marine corridor
Chapter 4: Marine and coastal habitats
This section details the distribution of important areas of marine biodiversity and habitats,
including mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass within Myanmar’s maritime limits. These can
help direct and inform fisheries management and biodiversity conservation.
Figure 4.1: Marine key biodiversity areas and corridors
(a) Marine Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs, empty dark blue polygon) and corridors (filled blue polygons)
Corridors are the Rakhine marine biodiversity corridor (pale blue filled polygon) and Tanintharyi marine biodiversity corridor (mid blue filled polygon).
(b) Marine KBAs classified according to high priority level (red polygon), medium priority level (orange polygon) and data deficient priority level (blue polygon)
In all parts EEZ (broken line).
In January 2012, over 80 of Myanmar’s environmental experts used international criteria to identify and prioritize 132 marine and terrestrial KBAs. These sites are defined as areas holding significant populations of species of high conservation concern. Marine KBAs are grouped together within two marine biodiversity corridors. These corridors allow for conservation planning that considers connectivity and resource impacts beyond the borders of nationally designated protected areas (WCS, 2013).