November 17, 2017

Indawgyi Lake basin selected as biosphere reserve by UNESCO

Indawgyi Pagoda situated in the middle of Indawgyi Lake is accessible by boat.
 Photo: supplied

Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State was designated as a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) of the UNESCO’s MAB network at the 29th session of MAB International Coordination Committee (MAB-ICC), held on 12-15 June 2017, at UNESCO Headquarter in Paris, France.
Indawgyi Lake has been designated as an ASEAN Heritage Park of Myanmar in 2003 due to its unique ecosystem and biodiversity richness.
It was also designated as a Ramsar Site in 2nd February 2016 because of the large and diverse population of globally important bird species and other unique wetland characteristics.
Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director-General of Forest Department, said the designation as a MAB reserve is recognition of the value of its biodiversity.
He said it is also a promise from the government for further development efforts and cooperation with local residents for preservation of the lake and its surrounding areas. —Myanmar News Agency

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