Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-conservation Network (MERN) is a national network of local and regional NGOs with an environmental focus. Currently consisting of 21 NGO members with a range of experience and skills, MERN is dedicated to being a leader on environmental challenges in Myanmar.
From forestry and environmental policy development, to community improvement, capacity building, and social mobilization, agriculture, livestock and fisheries, as well as social infrastructure projects, our members are engaged with improving many aspects of Myanmar’s environment and society.
Formed in 2009 with the funding of the Pyoe Pin Program (supported by Department for International Development – DFID and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – SIDA), up until now, MERN has facilitated & coordinated its members with support of Pyoe Pin Program.
Furthermore, MERN has also been implementing projects funded by Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund – LIFT, Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO, European Union of Non-state Actor Program, Malteser International, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund – CEPF, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (KFW-ACB).
The Projects implemented by MERN are mainly focused on environmental conservation together with capacity building to improve communication engagement, as well as awareness raising, food security and livelihood development, income generation, agriculture and fisheries, access to water, etc.
Moreover, networking and sharing information among member organizations has become increasingly important, resulting in better facilitation for inclusiveness – making communities voices and their concerns heard – for this to happen, collecting stories and experiences from local communities is vital.