International charity aids conservation of Indawgyi Lake


Conservation charity Fauna & Flora International is planning to build silt control ponds near Indawgyi Lake, Kachin State, to prevent inflows of polluted water.
Located in Monyin Township in the northern Myanmar state, Indawgyi Lake is one of the largest inland lakes in the country and is on the list of ASEAN Heritage Parks. Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary was established on 4 March 1999. The lake measures 100 square miles and is surrounded by five reserved forest areas on 215 acres.
One of its 29 tributaries, Kaungton Creek empties into the west bank of the lake. The water in the lake, previously green, has become muddy and silted due to gold digging operations upstream of the creek.
With nearby villages recently joining the national electrical grid, firewood consumption has decreased significantly, aiding environmental conservation efforts, according to locals.—GNLM-001

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