Mount Popa to earn coveted designation as a world geopark MoNREC discloses the government’s plan to develop 15 geosites in Mt Popa region

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) has taken a momentous step towards designating Mount Popa as a world geopark. With its historical significance, ancient iron furnaces in Bagan era, rare biodiversity, and fossilized jaws of Gomphotheres, the area has caught the attention of authorities who plan to implement 15 geosites as a first measure in this prestigious endeavour.
During the 1/2023 meeting of the National-level Committee on Geoparks held in Nay Pyi Taw on 18 July 2023, the Union Minister for of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation disclosed the government’s plan to develop 15 geosites in the Mount Popa region, seeking to secure its status as a world geopark. This initiative aligns with the Global Geoparks Programme, launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001, which currently boasts 195 global geoparks across 48 countries. Before Mount Popa can be nominated as a global geopark, it must first be designated as a national geopark. This process involves a comprehensive exploration of the area by a combined team of relevant ministries and organizations, as explained by the Union Minister.
Myanmar already treasures several conservation areas with international and regional recognition. Among them are eight ASEAN Heritage Parks, two Man and the Biosphere Reserves, six Ramsar sites, and six East Asian-Australasian Flyway Network areas. — TWA/CT

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