Myanmar to seek world heritage title for natural Spirulina lake

ASEAN+ September 19, 2014 19:25

By Myanmar Eleven

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Myanmar plans to nominate the natural Spirulina Lake, Twin Taung Lake, for inclusion on the Unesco world heritage list, according to local reports.



New Light of Myanmar reported recently that environmentalists and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry are joining forces for the nomination. The lake in Sagaing Region is where very rare Spirulina is found and which is also on the verge of extinction.
“Twin Taung is a heritage not only for Myanmar but also for the world and our attempts are aimed at saving the lake,” the newspaper quoted Aung Myint, an expert from the Renewable Energy Association Myanmar-REAM, as saying.
In another report by 7 Day Daily News, four lakes, including Twin Tuang, will be nominated. The others are Taung Pyauk, Twyn Ma and Yay Khar lakes.
“Spirulina is a special gift inherited from nature, not an ordinary lake. It -s a high pH level lake. The experts may collectively highlight the lake to be conserved as the a world heritage site and to safeguard and protect it for sustainability,” algae expert Min Thein told the daily. “If these four lakes were recognised as world heritage sites, Myanmar may become a unique environmental conservation spot that may have attract visitors worldwide,” he said.
According to New Light, Twin Taung is a rare lake in the world because it produces very rare Spirulina and lakes in Mexico and Kenya where Spirulina is also found have been damaged, he added.
Twin Taung is about six miles east west of Budalin Township in central Myanmar. It is about 200 metres above the surrounding area.
According to experts, the whole lake was filled with Spirulina in March, but now it has already lost its peak season.
In June, ancient Pyu kingdom cities were designated as a Unesco world heritage site, marking Myanmar’s first entry onto the UN cultural agency’s prized list. The remains of the cities of Hanlin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra in the country’s Irrawaddy basin were granted endangered status.
Halin is located in Shwebo District of Sagaing Region. Beikthano is located in Taungtwingyi Township of Magwe Region. Sri Ksetra is located in Pyay District of Bago Region. The France-based International Council on Monuments and Sites inspected the three cities in October 2013.
“The three cities are partly excavated archaeological sites. Remains include excavated palace citadels, burial grounds and early industrial production sites, as well as monumental brick Buddhist stupas, partly standing walls and water management features – some still in use – that underpinned the organised intensive agriculture,” Unesco said.
 

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