Working with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Forest Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of the Union of Myanmar, the Foundation built the first sea turtle hatchery in Lampi Marine National Park.
For years, almost all turtle nesting sites have been raided by humans and local predatory wildlife. The Lampi Foundation has empowered local villagers to safeguard all future nesting grounds. One of the Foundation’s most significant projects is the continued protection and monitoring of every sea turtle nest on Wa Ale Island in the Lampi Marine National Park. We are providing a safe environment for the Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback Turtles that nest on the island of Wa Ale. As of January 2016, we have saved over 104 nests and released over 8000 turtles safely into the Andaman Sea off the island of Wa Ale.
Through Lampi Foundation, Wa Ale Resort has monitored every nest and recorded critical data which will help with future sea turtle research in Myanmar. We recorded a Leatherback turtle nest in 2016; a species thought to have disappeared from Myanmar. We have saved over 8000 sea turtles by guarding nests against poaching. Before Wa Ale Resort’s assignment of Wa Ale Island, Dr. Steven Platt of Wildlife Conservation Society’s 2012 Report states that humans were harvesting most turtle nests for the sale of the turtle eggs and unless the nests were protected against human poachers, there would be no nesting on Wa Ale by 2030.
Lampi Foundation, with the guidance of Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has created a system of recording sea turtle nesting data in order to better observe and understand the breeding trends of sea turtles along the coastal shores of Myanmar. The training included turtle patroling protocol; flipper tagging; hatching data collection techniques and strengthening Wa Ale's staff's understanding of sea turtle biology and species identification.