Inle Lake becomes fifth Ramsar site in Myanmar

Writer: 
Sitha (Taunggyi)
Floating plantation on Inle Lake.

 

Inle Lake in Nyaungshwe Township in Shan State has been designated as Myanmar’s fifth Ramsar site, said Nyaungshwe Township MP.

Shan State Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation nominated Inle Lake as the Ramsar Site.

Lower House MP Ko Nay Myo from Nyaungshwe Township Constituency said “we have received an official letter. Thanks to it, we can carry out the conservation of natural environments effectively.”

Inle Lake becomes the fifth Ramsar site in Myanmar. On February 2, 2016, Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State was designated as Ramsar site, according to Fauna & Flora International (FFI).

Indawgyi Lake, the biggest freshwater lake in Myanmar is home to more than 100 endangered bird species. From November and March, at least 20,000 migratory birds and resident birds are normally found there. Rare red crown cranes can attract bird watchers and visitors to the Lake.

A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. The Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO, and coming into force in 1975. It provides for national action and international cooperation regarding the conservation of wetlands, and wise sustainable use of their resources.