17 Jun Community-based project to benefit Indawgyi Lake, says conservation group

Written by Manny Maung Published in Environment Read 6585 times
Brown-headed gulls at Indawgyi Lake, with the Shwe Myitzu Pagoda in the background. Photo: Bjorn Olesen/FFI Brown-headed gulls at Indawgyi Lake, with the Shwe Myitzu Pagoda in the background. Photo: Bjorn Olesen/FFI

A community-based tourism project at Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Kachin State is being developed to ensure visitors make a positive contribution to conservation management in the area, British-based Flora and Fauna International said in a media release on June 16.

The development of the project was discussed at a May 30-31 workshop at a lakeside venue that brought together community representatives, the Myanmar Tourism Federation and Myanmar Tourism Association representing the private sector, and government agencies, FFI said in the release.

The workshop follows the launch by FFI late last year of the community-based project, as featured in a report in the June 12 issue of Mizzima Business Weekly which was being posted on this website on June 17.

As part of the project FFI helped the residents of lakeside Lonton village to establishe Inn Chit Thu, or 'Lovers of Indawgyi',  a community group dedicated to supporting local livelihoods through the development of ecotourism.

The ministries of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and of Hotels and Tourism have joined hands to support the effort by local stakeholders to develop a tourism strategy for the lake and its wildlife, a development welcomed by FFI in the release.

"We are supporting sustainable ecotourism which creates revenues for local communities," FFI's Myanmar director, Frank Momberg,  was quoted as saying in the release.

It said kayaks and bicycles provided by FFI to the Inn Chit Thu group meant that tourists had more options for exploring the lake and the surrounding area.

Thousands of migratory birds arrive at the lake each winter on a journey that began in Siberia, making Indawgyi  a haven for bird watchers and nature tourists, FFI said.

"It is hoped that by following a strategy for responsible tourism in a protected area, tourism can help to balance the needs for nature conservation and economic development," said the release, which described the lake's environment as "still pristine".

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