Jan 2, 2015

Twin Taung Lake of Myanmar and the UNESCO’s world heritage.

Myanmar is planning to nominate Twin Taung Lake, where very rare Spirulina is found, for inclusion in the UNESCO’s world heritage list.
Renewable Energy Association Myanmar general secretary, Aung Myint, told local media that the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry will nominate Twin Taung Lake for inclusion in the UNESCO’s world heritage list, while the association will provide the required technical aid for the process.
He said: “Twin Taung Lake is a rare and has an amazing ecosystem. It has an astonishing energy resource. We need the worldwide recognition to preserve it.”
Spirulina, a blue-green freshwater algae that is rich in protein and can help boost the immune system and regulate cholesterol. It is found in the lake without mixing seaweed and other impurities. Blue-green spirulina is only found in Myanmar, Mexico and a few African countries.
The lake is in an extinct volcano and spirulina was found there in 1984. In 1987, a health supplement was manufactured using spirulina from the lake.
Twin Taung Lake is about 9 km from Budalin in northwest Sagaing.
Myanmar has made achievements in cultural heritage preservation efforts with its three Pyu ancient cities; Hanlin, Beikthano and Sri Kestra recently being inscribed by the UNESCO into its World Heritage List for the first time in June.
Meanwhile, the cultural relics and religious buildings, located in
Natma Taung National Park, proposed by Myanmar for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, have also been put on a tentative list for consideration of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.
The other five sites on the tentative list are the North Mountain Forest Complex containing snow-capped Mt. Hkakaborazi, Myeik Archipelago of 800 islands in the Andaman Sea, Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Tanintharyi Forest Corridor and Ayeyawaddy River Corridor.
Myanmar is also trying to nominate another ancient city of Inwa to be included in UNESCO’s world heritage list and work on preserving the Inwa Cultural Heritage Zone near northern Mandalay is being undertaken now.
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