Wildlife Asia Annual Report
If anything is certain in 2021 it is uncertainty! The last two years have taught us patience and adaptability; a need to remain focused, but also an ability to re-route in an ever changing environment. It has of course reminded us of the fragility of the progress we make but also reinforced the importance of making hay while the sun shines!
The impact of COVID-19 has been deeply felt within our field teams, with their work hindered by social and travel restrictions and an increase in illegal activities directly impacting their efforts to protect wildlife and habitat. They have also been directly impacted by illness and we extend our thoughts to all of our team members who have lost loved ones throughout this pandemic.
For our friends in Myanmar, they have once again faced political unrest, unfortunately forcing the suspension of our KWCI field activities in March 2021. For the time being, we are supporting our local partners with whatever resources we can and we remain optimistic that we will resume the project in 2022.
None of us really know what our post-pandemic world will look like, but what we do know is that it will never be more important to protect wildlife and habitat. Whilst fear and division will have the potential to paralyse, I hope that instead, we can embrace diversity, respect opinion and unite in the challenges that threaten our very survival. With bold and authentic leadership, genuine action and considered planning for a sustainable future we will have the opportunity to look back and be on the right side of history.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of our supporters, donors and friends who have stuck by us as we navigate these uncertain times. You have enabled the continuation of our critical work through extremely difficult circumstances.
To our field teams and their families, we wish you all the strength and courage to face the challenges of the coming year and we thank you for your fearless determination to preserve our precious natural world.