August 18, 2016

Conservation efforts launched in Alaungtaw Kathapa National Park

Visitors ride elephants as they tour around AlaungtawKathapa National Park. Photo: Pho Chan (MOnywa)
Visitors ride elephants as they tour around AlaungtawKathapa National Park. Photo: Pho Chan (MOnywa)

THE ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity inthe Philippines and joint technical advisor officers from KFW Bank in Germany is visiting the AlaungtawKathapa National Park to carry out a small grant project.
ACB will carry out conservation tasks forAlaungtawKathapa National Park, Natmataung National Park, MainmahlaSanctuary and Inntawgyi in Myanmar.
The two organisations will cooperate in draftinga 5-year management plan for supporting residents who reside around the park as part of an effort to conserve the AlaungtawKathapaNational Park, said U Ye Tun, head of the park’s administrative body.
Currently, the EPU (Elephant Protection Unit) under the World Conservation Societylaid out guidelines for the breeding and protection of wild elephants.
In the park, staff regularly make conduct checks for for illegal of logging, hunting, fishing, orchid collectingand drug production. Those caught involved in any such activities are charged in accordance with the law. Staff use GPS equipment and camerasto record sightings of rare animal species and new plant speciesto be entered into a database. After that, they compile monthly and yearly reports. They also give educational talksto residents who livearound the park.
AlaungtawKathapa National Park, with an area of 620.32 square miles (346,639 acres), is well-known not only in Myanmar but also throughout ASEAN. The park was originally established on 20 January 1989.It is located in Mingin Township,SagaingRegion.
The park is home to large populations of wild elephants and other rare wildlife species. Other inhabitants of the national park include jungle cats, monkeys, jungle goats, wolves, wild boar, tigers, gaurs, leopardsand 486 varieties of birds, 94 varieties of reptiles, 42 varieties of insects and 250 varieties of butterfly.


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