AMONG Myanmar’s bid for seven places to be inscribed on the list of World Heritage Site, Mount Khakaborazi is given top priority to win UNESCO’s recognition, according to the UNESCO’s national project coordinator.
The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry is conducting surveys on the biodiversity of Mt. Khakaborazi and its adjacent areas in cooperation with UNESCO, said Daw Ohnmar Myo, national project coordinator of UNESCO.
Located in Putao of Kachin State in northern Myanmar, Mt. Khakaborazi is the highest peak in Southeast Asia with estimated 19,296 feet in height.
The mountain was first ascended in 1996 by Takashi Ozaki, a Japanese mountaineer, and Nyama Gyaltsen, a local.
A team of mountaineers from Nature’s Call Foundation, University Hiking and Mountaineering Association scaled the mountain and the two
climbers conquered Mt. Khakaborazi.
Six others in the world heritage tentative list are Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary, Ayeyawady Dolphin, Nat Ma Taung (Mt. Victoria), Taninthayi nature reserve, Inndawgyi Lake and Myeik Archipelago.
The national project coordinator stressed the need for cooperation between officials concerned and local people to ensure the seven nominations qualified for inclusion on the list of world heritage.
In Myanmar, three ancient cities—Thayekhittaya near Pyay, Beikthano near Taungdwingyi and Hanlin near Shwebo— had been designated as world heritage sites.
The Ministry of Culture and organisations concerned are trying to get the Bagan archaeological area and monuments to be listed as a World Heritage site.