Myanmar launched its first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Inle Lake

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Who: UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Inle Lake
Where: Shan state, Myanmar
What: Launched
When: 11 December 2015

Myanmar on 11 December 2015 launched its first UNSECO Biosphere Reserve Inle Lake in Shan state. The Inle Lake was designated as UNESCO Biosphere reserve in Paris in June 2015.

With this, Myanmar fulfilled its commitment to bio-diversity and eco-system conservation under the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Prorgamme.

The inscription of Inle Lake as one of the world natural heritage sites by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) came after that of Myanmar’s three Pyu ancient cities in June 2014.

About Inle Lake

  • The Inle Lake is spread in an area of 489721 hectares and located in Nyaungshwe township, Taunggyi district in Myanmar’s eastern Shan state.
  • The lake gets funding from the government of Norway under the framework of the Inle Lake Conservation and Rehabilitation project.
  • The wetland ecosystem of this freshwater lake is home to 267 species of birds, out of which 82 are wetland birds, 43 species of freshwater fishes, otters and turtles.
  • The Inle Lake is reported to be the nesting place for globally endangered Sarus crane.