NATURE IN MYANMAR
Ecotourism is defined as a type of tourism directed toward nature and wildlife with the goal of positively contributing to the conservation of flora and fauna. Important dialogues on ecotourism are continually taking place in Myanmar. On their visit, travelers will see the result of important policy discussions and efforts, such as the presence of green eco-lodges, adventurous wildlife refuges, protected marine parks, and various national parks around this nation rich in biodiversity.
Myanmar had the pleasure of hosting its first International Ecotourism Conference in May 2015! This conference convened to discuss the way forward to reenforce ecotourism management in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region, the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, and for Global ecotourism experts from around the world. Myanmar is ready and willing to make positive, sustainable changes to tourism in the hopes of preserving its pristine environment for years to come.
Myanmar’s rich biodiversity makes for a birder’s paradise. Home to over 1,000 bird species of stunning birds, this nation is roughly the size of Texas and has more birds than the entire United States! Much of Myanmar’s forests are pristine and unexplored, thus the plethora of birds are able to thrive, unaffected by deforestation. Lampi Marine National Park, which covers a group of islands in the Myeik Archipelago in Southern Myanmar, is home to 228 of those species, including the threatened and brilliant Plain-pouched Hornbill.
The Inle Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary in Eastern Myanmar also houses over 200 species of birds, such as the brilliantly-colored Crimson Sunbird and the rare Sarus Crane. There is a myriad of beautiful birds to discover in this plentiful, diverse country. Enjoying these birds in national parks, protected islands and wildlife sanctuaries makes for an unparalleled experience.