Indawgyi Wetland Education Centre

Region

Asia

Country

Myanmar

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

Name of organisation

Indawgyi Wetland Education Centre

Funding support

 

Number of staff

2 Staff ( Forest Department)
2 Staff ( Fauna and Flora International-FFI)
2 Staff ( Inchitthu ) Local CSO

Number of visitors per year

After opening on 14th Dec, 2018:
2018 Dec (508)
2019 Jan (92

Overall aims of the centre

The Indawgyi Wetland Education Centre will serve as a visitor center for domestic and international visitors and to aware of biodiversity values and ecosystem services as well as the environmental and social impacts of sustainable resource use has been low and community involvement in protected area management.

Description of the centre

Location: Indawgyi Town, Mohnyin Township, Kachin State, Myanmar.
Size of site: 3240 Sq feet (Visitor Centre)
Types of habitats and species supported:

  • Wetland ecosystem
  • Forest Ecosystem

Indawgyi lake is particularly supported for a large number of threatened birds species and over 20,000 of wintering migrants from predominantly China and Siberia. The forest of Indawgyi lake are habitats for threanted primate and mammal species such as Eastern Hoolock Gibbon, Shortridge Langur, Clouded Leopard, Hog Deer, Chinese Pengolin, Guar etc and 2 endemic fish species and 6 species new to sciences. And also 4 reptile species new to sciences.
Featured programs: In exhabitation hall, permanent exhibition in both English and Myanmar was installed. The separated seminar room offers for detailed lectures, discussion rounds with up to 90 participants and is available for domestic and international study group, researchers, school classes and local community groups. The entire architecture and interior aims to reduce the necessity of electricity due to the natural cooling of the building and the usage of non-electrified exhabits and interactive stations.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Facilitate training of trainers on the implementation of the CEPA strategy:

  • Implement visitor education program
  • Conduct regular school based environmental education program around the area
  • Facilitate public awareness events such as World Wetland Day, World Migratory Birds Day, World Environment Day as well as environmental events at the Shwe Myit Zu pagodal festival, the Shan cultural festival
  • Posting aware sign boards (Dos and Don’ts)

Top three successes

  • Regular school based environmental education program
  • Some public events such as WWD etc
  • Posting aware sign boards (Dos and Don’ts)
  • Decrease of some illegal activities such as Gold mining, logging, firewood extraction, shifting cultivation etc. within 2 years

Top three challenges

  • A serious risks to the CEPA program could be armed conflict between the army and the KIA in the Kachin State
  • Limited funding for CEPA program
  • Most of community are depending on and over use of natural resources

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Site information; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Working with disabled people; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Lobbying / running campaigns; Developing resources / materials

General

PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Name: Maung Win
E-mail: umaungwin.win@gmail.com

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