Myanmar’s First UNESCO biosphere reserve Inle Lake of Myanmar has been launched (Download PDF)


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The country’s first United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve Inle Lake in Shan state has been lunched by Myanmar. For bio-diversity and eco-system conservation commitment Myanmar opens a new section by lunching this.

  • In June 2015, the lake was officially designated as Myanmar’s first biosphere reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme.

About Inle Lake

  • Inle Lake is a freshwater lake located in Taunggyi district in Myanmar’s eastern Shan state.
  • With surface area of 116 km2 it is the second largest lake in Myanmar.
  • The wetland ecosystem of this freshwater Inle Lake is home to diverse vegetation and creatures. And it is also home of 267 species of birds, out of which 82 are wetland birds.
  • The Inle Lake is nesting place for globally rare Sarus crane.
  • 43 types species of freshwater fishes are found in this lake from them 9 species of fish are only found this lake not in any other place in the world.
  • Inle Lake is also has unique for the way the local inhabitants have adapted their life style to their environment apart from its environmental importance.
  • According to the framework of the Inle Lake Conservation and Rehabilitation project currently the lake gets funding from the Norway government give funding to this lake for conservation purpose

- Published/Last Modified on: December 14, 2015


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