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ASEAN Heritage Parks

Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

The Park was established for the protection of waterfowl and their habitats and the neighboring catchment areas. The eastern side of the lake is mountainous terrain while the north and west are hilly. The park measures 77,525 hectares; Moehnyin Township, Kachin State, Myanmar

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Mohnyin Township in Kachin State
775.25 sq km
Date declared as an AHP
18 December 2003, at the Signing of ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks
Other international designations
Ramsar Site, EAAF Flyway site
Habitat types
Contact Information

Maung Win
AHP Manager
Tel.: +95 67405002

Unique Flora: Teak (Tectona grandis); Hopea odorata; Dipterocarpus alatus; Terminalia tomentosa; sakawar (Michelia champaca); Yemane (Gmelina arborea).

Unique Fauna: Wild elephant; leopard; bear; serow; gaur; banteng; red goral; gibbon; macaque; sambar and barking deer; wild dog; golden jackal (Felis temmincki); wild boar; hog deer (Gaxis porcinus); civet; waterbirds; Himalayan griffon vulture (Gyps himalayensis); chestnut-crowned bush warbler (Cettia major).

Habitat Types: Moist upper mixed deciduous forests and semi-evergreen forests on the mountainous terrain. The habitats in the Lake include open water, herbaceous marsh, floating mats, limited emerged beds, and extensive areas of submerged macrophytes.

This heritage park serves as a sanctuary of migratory and residential birds and waterfowls; rare aquatic organisms, butterflies, insects, fishes, orchids and bamboos can also be found either around the lake or along the Indawgyi stream.

Having the largest wetland ecosystems and attractive habitats, the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary offers activities such as wildlife viewing, bird watching, and leisure walks through the lush forest. Guests can also participate in traditional fishing practices, see the historical Shwe Myint Zu Pagoda on the western side of the Lake, and also witness the local pagoda festival focusing on environmental education and awareness.

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