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Burma Wants to List 3 Wetlands as New Ramsar Sites

4 February 2014

Burma is preparing to submit three new wetlands areas to the Ramsar convention, which protects wetlands of international importance, The Myanmar Times reports. The 100-square-kilometer Moeyingyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary in Pegu Division is currently listed as a Ramsar site, but Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry Win Tun said on Sunday that Burma was surveying Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary, Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary and the Gulf of Mottama in order to make submissions to the convention. “Wetlands provide reliable water [supplies] and fertile soil for improved agriculture production. They play a vital role in achieving sustainable development in developing countries like Myanmar,” he said.