Authority Formed to Improve Governance of Inle LakeNov 30, 2015
As global leaders started their meeting in Paris to commit to a new global climate agreement, in Myanmar, the Inle Lake Authority held its first meeting to discuss measures to put in place for the protection and promotion of the lake.
The newly formed body is tasked with putting in place measures to protect the Inle Lake, which is facing onslaught from climate change, and is increasingly under pressure from rising populations and increased development around the lake.
Inle Lake is Myanmar’s second largest lake, and is home to indigenous communities and wild life. It also attracts a large number of tourists every year.
The Lake Authority is composed of senior Union level Ministry officials, senior Shan State level Ministry Officials and local area parliamentarians. At the Inle Lake Authority meeting, three sub-committees were set up – the Programme Development Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee and the Programme and Fund Management Committee. The three sub committees will work closely together to protect the lake.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and the Shan State Government implemented the Inle Lake Conservation and Rehabilitation Project during 2012-2015, with financial support from the Government of Norway. The project aimed to restore the environmental stability of Inle Lake and improve the quality of life of local communities by strengthening the institutional structures governing Inle Lake.
Inle Lake was designated as a UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve in June 2015.