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With the cooperation between Darwin Initiative Association of England and Myanmar Birds and Environment Conservation Association, Myanma Eco tourism bird watching guide course opened on 14 September 2015 at the Hlawgar Natural Park.

The course mainly conducts environment and bio-species preservation, bird species, laws to prevent for bird extinction and bird eco system benefit.

“Bird watching means while studying environment, studying bird together. For example, look at Innlay Lake and Inntawgyi Lake. Which lake has more bio-species? It depends on birds. One is relying on another. After watching birds, we become to understand nature surrounding and we come to do preservation process,” said Vice Chairman U Thein Aung, Myanmar Birds and Environment Conservation Association.

“Birds watching tourism is better than in the past. Foreigners go not only to Bagan but also to Nattmataung for bird watching. Whatever, the number of foreign bird watchers is increased,” he said.

Bird watching tourism launched in 2000 in Myanmar but due to destination limitation, the business was not developed.

Bird watching destinations in Myanmar are Hlawgar Park, Bagan, Ayeyarwaddy River at Bagan, Nattmataung National Park, Innlay Lake Sanctuary, Kalaw, Nanthar Island near Sittwe, Phonkan Razi Sanctuary, Hukaung Valley Sanctuary, Inntawgyi Sanctuary Alaungtawkathapa National Park, Moeyungyi Sanctuary, Minemahla Island Sanctuary and Khakabo Razi National Park.

For more convenience for foreign bird-watcher to Myanmar, Myanmar Tour Guides Association conducts natural bird watching course.

Source : Traveller (From Sept 21 to Sept 27 )Vol 3, No 15