Myanmar has launched the country’s first United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve Inle Lake in Shan state.
With this launch Myanmar opens a new chapter in its commitment to bio-diversity and eco-system conservation.
In June 2015, the lake was officially designated as Myanmar’s first biosphere reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Bioshpere (MAB) programme.
About Inle Lake
- Inle Lake is located in Taunggyi district in Myanmar’s eastern Shan state.
- It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 116 km2.
- The wetland ecosystem of this freshwater Inle Lake is home to diverse flora and fauna.
- It is home to 267 species of birds, out of which 82 are wetland birds. The Inle Lake is nesting place for globally endangered Sarus crane.
- It also has 43 species of freshwater fishes of which 9 species of fish are found nowhere else in the world.
- Apart from its ecological importance, Inle Lake is also has unique for the way the local inhabitants have adapted their life style to their environment.
- Presently, the lake gets funding from the government of Norway for conservation purpose under the framework of the Inle Lake Conservation and Rehabilitation project.