Government plans to protect mountain

ASEAN+ October 02, 2015 19:26

By Myanmar Eleven

The government is planning to add the southern slopes of Hkakabo Razi (5,881 metres) into its list of protected areas, according to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Environmental Conservation Department under the Ministry of Forestry, the UN cultural agency Unesco and the WCS were cooperating to educate residents in preservation and conducting surveys on biodiversity, said WCS member Than Zaw.
The intention of the plan is to add the area to the Unesco World Heritage list. The WCS said it would only nominate the area if the Kachin State government and residents agreed.
According to World Wildlife Fund, Hkakabo Razi has an endangered monkey and the scarce red panda.
Some species of orchid and trees are recognised as a rare in Southeast Asia.

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