To improve knowledge-sharing with locals, a five-day intensive course has been organized at the Kanbalu bat cave education center from 14 to 18 January for rangers from the Chatthin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Alaungdaw Katthapa National Park, and township forest departments in Kanbalu and Shwebo districts of Sagaing Region. The assistant director of the Forest Department in Nay Pyi Taw and five other trainers will conduct the course which has 20 participants. They will be the first batch to undergo the capacity building course for forest staff.
“The course is being conducted under a project entitled ‘Sustainable Cropland and Forest Management in Priority Agroecosystems of Myanmar’. The project is supported by the Community Forestry National Working Group (CFNWG) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),” said U Min Swe, the Assistant Director of the Chatthin Wildlife Sanctuary.
The bat cave natural conservation park and education center was opened to showcase the area’s biodiversity and ecosystem. It includes a guest house, a lounge, a museum, and an orchard farm.
The area has been identified as a bat cave natural conservation area and preparations are under way to give it that status. Once the status is granted, it will be opened to visitors and researchers. Constructed near milepost 65/0 on the Shwebo-Myitkyina Road in Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Region, the park was inaugurated on 26 December, under the guidance of the Sagaing Region government.
—Aung Win Nyein (Kanbalu) (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)