Saving endangered endemic orchids
-seeds to be stored at Svalbard Global Seed Vault Norway
Myanmar's rich bio-diversity is under threat. This is especially related to over 800 endemic endangered orchid species. These beautiful flowering plants are fast disappearing due to illegal logging, illegal harvests for export to China for use in traditional Chinese medicine and several other reasons.
During the visit by the Royal Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway in 2014, Norway offered Myanmar support in collecting and storing seeds in the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, from 400 endemic endangered Myanmar orchids.
The project started in 2015 in cooperation between Forestry Department and Worldview International Foundation. An important component of the project was establishment of a well equipped and modern laboratory and store room for orchid seeds at Forestry Departments Research Institute in Yezin, Nay Pyi Taw. The collected seeds will be taken care of by the Research Institute before seeds from endemic endangered orchid plants are brought to the Global Seed Vault for permanent storage.
The project has conducted expeditions to all provinces in Myanmar and collected both seeds and mother plants for later pollination and seeds collection.
(Se Report: Final Report of WIF on Orchid Project-ilove)
The project is supported by The Royal Norwegian Embassy Myanmar and The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Orchid propagation laboratory
WIF has since 2013 produced more than 500 000 orchids plants from endangered endemic species at its laboratory in Yangon.
Most of this plants have been placed in the wild to prevent extinction of these beautiful plants, while others have been available to orchid lovers in order to make the project sustainable.