Inlay Lake (wetland) Sanctuary

  • Inlay

    Lake (wetland) Sanctuary


  • Located

    between 20° 10′ N and 97° 02′ E in Naung Shwe, Pinlaung and Peh Kon

    Townships of Southern Shan State. Elevation over 2900 feet.


  • 642.32

    square miles.


of Establishment

  • Established

    in 1985.

  • (a) Yangon

    to Nyaung Shwe, 430 miles by car.

  • (b) Yangon

    to Heho, 335 miles by air way and Heho to Nyaung Shwe, 14 miles by car.

  • (b) Yangon

    via Thazi to Shwe Nyaung, 320 miles by train and Shwe Nyaung to Nyaung

    Shwe, 10 miles by car.


  • (a) To

    conserve and protect natual vegetation, wetland birds and fresh water

    fishes in Inlay sanctuary.

  • (b) To

    conserve geological features and scenic beauty of mountain areas.

  • (c) To

    conserved Inlay watershed and maintain water resource for Law-Pi-Ta

    hydroelectric power plant.

  • (d) To

    conserve and educate the local people in traditional floating agriculture

    practised by “In” lake-dwellers.

  • (e) To

    upgrade the Sanctuary so as to promote ecotourism.


/ Vegetative Types

  • Oryza

    granulate, Dalbergia spinosa, Hypericum prunizolium, Coladium spp.,

    Desmodium oblongum, Enhydra zluctuans, Panicum sarmentosum grow on the

    natural floating islets. Salix tetrasperma, Ficus spp. Crataexa nurvala,

    Mitragyna parvizolia, Salmalia malabarica syn., Bombax malabaricum are

    found in shallow water or on the shores.

  • (a) 37

    species of birds

  • (b) 27

    species of wetland birds

  • (c) 14

    species of migratory birds

  • (d) 40

    species of freshwater fishes, otter and turtle


Development and Research   Programmes

  • (a) Protection

    of land and wetland birds and conservation of their natural habitat

    and refuge.

  • (b) Construction

    of bird watch-towers.

  • (c) Cooperation

    with Inlay watershed conservation programme.

  • (d) Implementation

    of environment conservation and research.


for Study and Recreation

  • (a) Observation

    of world renowned wetland ecosystem 2950 feet above sea level.

  • (b) Observation

    and enjoyment

    of scenic beauty of the Shan plateau.

  • (c) Observation

    and reseatch on various types of birds.

  • (d) Observation

    and of endemic fish species such as Ngapweh (Chaudhuria caudata)

    and Ngaku-Shinpa (Silurus bumanensis).

  • (e) Observation

    of traditional agriculture practised by lake dwellers.

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