Bill to protect Inle Lake

SHAN STATE, 9 June 2017: To preserve Myanmar’s second largest freshwater lake, a bill for the environmental conservation of Inle Lake will be submitted to parliament.

Myanmar Times reported there have been five rounds of discussions about the bill with many stakeholders participating.

The bill was drawn up in October last year to combat a range of environmental problems, including the deterioration of the lake in terms of water  quality and surface area.

New legislation to handle environmental threats, such as the dumping of fertilisers and garbage in the lake are needed, the report said.

The bill is divided into nine chapters.

The bill was drawn up by the Shan administration office in cooperation with members of parliament representing the districts around the lake.

Inle Lake is located in southern Shan State. It is a popular tourist destination, attracting nearly 100,000 tourists annually.

It has been selected as one of 20 new sites added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO, the first such site in Myanmar to gain recognition.

It was also listed as an ASEAN heritage site, for its significant national culture, as well as varieties of ecosystems.

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