A proposal to have conservation rules and procedures for the Inle lake, the second largest in Myanmar, has been submitted by U Win Myint Oo (or) U Nay Myo, Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Nyaungshwe, Shan State.
Although former governments had plans for Inle Lake for a long time, finances were wasted and the experts were just making ‘paper projects, U Win Myint Oo said.
“The experts organised workshops and forums and explained with power point presentations their plans. We got their ideas but they were not turned in practical reality,” he said on Tuesday.
“The former governments used foreign assistances and government’s finance for Inle Lake projects. But it was a waste of finance.
“We did not know where the money was used and we also do not know where to find it,” he said.
Inle Lake was regarded as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003 and also declared a Man and Biosphere Area by UNESCO in 2015, said U Nay Htet Win, Pyithu Hluttaw representative of Sinbaungwe Township, Magwe, who seconded the proposal.
Inle Lake is silting because of natural and man-made causes. It is 35 miles from South to North but has been reduced by one-third in the distance, U Win Myint Oo (or) U Nay Myo said.
“It was about seven miles from East to West but now it is more than just three miles, he added.
U Win Myint Oo said the government imported red snails that eat weed and algae from Japan to clear the lake. However, the snails do not eat the weed but attack paddy plants.
U Na Htet Win said hibernating birds settle down at Inle lake. The number of tourists are increasing year by year as the lake has a diverse number of birds, butterflies and orchid species.
He said that the number of tourists was more than 90,000 in 2013 and more than 1.4 million in 2014.
U Win Myint Oo said the income of Shan State government has increased from tourists arrivals.
The Shan State government received more than K1000 million last year and the figure may be more than K1500 million in this year.
The Hluttaw decided to debate the proposal but has not fixed a date yet.