Her condition for spending part of each year in the region was an official commitment to revive forests devastated by the slash-and-burn cultivation of opium poppies and to give its people other sources of income.
Enlisted as a Ramsar site and a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve, Inle Lake is the second largest in Myanmar. It has long hosted a rich diversity of bird and fish species, that is now under threat.
It will mainly focus on designing and improving village roads; providing family clean water; providing health care support; developing agricultural sector including husbandry and other training activities.
The Agro-Biodiversity Initiative is continuing to encourage rural people in three northern provinces to expand their fish preservation efforts at designated conservation reservoirs.
Water in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province has turned from yellowish-brown to greenish-blue — a strange phenomenon that makes the river look beautiful but could be a sign of ecological danger.
Slider imaging shows dramatic changes taking place on a section of the Mekong mainstream between 2017 and the present.
Myanmar pins hopes on Chinese investors building a brand new city to entice foreign investment and jobs, but must respond to concerns about transparency and sea-level rise.