The Annotated Ramsar List: Myanmar

29/05/2013

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The Annotated Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance

Myanmar

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The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Myanmar on 17 March 2005. Myanmar presently has 1 site designated as a Wetland of International Importance, with a surface area of 10,359 hectares.

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Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary. 17/11/04; Bago Region; 10,359 ha; 17°32’57”N 096°36’58”E. Wildlife Sanctuary. A state-owned area comprising floodplain and a storage reservoir that is important for flood control. Originally constructed as a reservoir to provide water to the Bago-Sittaung canal (linking the Bago and Sittaung rivers) for transport of timber by boat, the site now functions as a source of fresh water for downstream areas where rice cultivation takes place. It floods in the wet season (May-October), and from October to March hosts over 20,000 migratory waterbirds. These include the globally threatened Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri, Sarus Crane Grus antigone and Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga, as well as >1% of the regional population of the Northern Pintail Anas acuta. The site is also important for supporting the vulnerable Burmese Eyed Turtle Morenia ocellata. The local communities use the site for fishing, grazing, duck-rearing and some rice-growing; and there is a small tourist facility to accommodate birdwatchers. Ramsar sites no. 1431. Most recent RIS information: 2012.

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