Indawgyi Lake hosts rare species of water bird

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Birds soar near a visitor boat in Indawgyi lake in Mohnyin, Kachin State, which is to be preserved.  Photo: Shwe Myanmar

INDAWGYI LAKE of Kachin State in northern Myanmar is the country’s largest freshwater lake, the third largest in Southeast Asia and home to more than 160 birds species, including globally threatened water birds, according to Myanmar Tourism Federation.
More than 450 bird species, including 20,000 migratory birds, call the lake home between October and April, according to the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. Twenty of those species are considered rare or endangered.
UNESCO designated Indawgyi Lake as a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB), among the non-governmental organisation’s global network of 669 reserves, on 12-15 June at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France. Prior to the UNESCO designation, the lake was an ASEAN Heritage Park due to its ecological importance. It was also designated as a Ramsar Site in early 2016 due to its unique bird population and wetlands.
While it is still off the beaten track, tourism businesses are promoting Indawgyi
Lake as one of Myanmar’s ecotourism destinations. Visitors explore the area by boat or on hikes or bikes. —Shwe Khine

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