Sagaing struggles to kick-start wildlife tourism amid scarce funds

Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SagaingThe regional government of Sagaing is finding it challenging to kick-start wildlife tourism in this part of the world owing to the lack of adequate finances to implement it.


A member of the regional Tourism Development Committee, U Than Htay said that Sagaing hosts the second largest protected areas in this country.


It has added that it is home to two renowned wildlife sanctuaries including Htamanthi and Mahamyaing wildlife sanctuaries. The regional government has identified a total of eight possible areas conducive for ecotourism and this includes two famous sanctuaries.


But then the development of these places into tourist areas have been slow on account of insufficient budget.


He told the regional news media agency that in Chattin Wildlife Sanctuary that is a natural habitat of deer, they have started inviting visitors about eight months ago, after establishing the deer watching area within its premises and renovating the museum. He added that they had also built the entrance road with K50 million budget.


But then he also feels that a large amount of work is awaiting its completion to lure a greater number of tourists.


He stated that the poor management of the sanctuary wildlife areas had triggered the deforestation and these require intensive rehabilitation. Moreover there also exists a requirement to hire armed security guards to safeguard the forests from heavily armed illegal loggers and hunters.


Last week regional officials had paid visit to the Htamantha Wildlife Sanctuary to identify fresh tourism zones and places where forest reserve is not damaged and transform them into lovely tourist hubs.


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