Indawgyi Lake Environmental Education Centre

Environmental Education and Sustainable Development at Indawgyi Lake in Myanmar


UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Indawgyi Lake, Myanmar

national visitors have visited the environmental education center at Indawgyi lake in 2019 alone

school children participated in environmental education activities at the centre

About the project

Indawgyi Lake Environmental Education Centre

On the shore of Indawgyi Lake, in the middle of the Biosphere Reserve created in 2018, we have built a large environmental education center with exhibition and event space, unique in Myanmar, as a visitor and education center.


Environmental education and knowledge about ecological problems and solutions are an indispensable building block for the sustainable development of this region and the conservation of natural resources. To achieve these goals, awareness raising is important not only for the currently acting adult generation, but also for future decision makers. Therefore, the environmental education at Lake Indawgyi also particularly targets children and young people. On 300 m² the environmental education centre at Lake Indawgyi houses a modern exhibition about the biosphere reserve, a reception for visitors and tourists, as well as an event room for up to 80 people.


In 2021, the centre is to be expanded to include a country school hostel for local school classes as well as a children’s environmental kitchen and an environmental garden. Around 1,200 pupils per year will thus be able to spend a full day or several days at the environmental education centre. A large boat with an emission-free electric motor will connect the environmental centre with the villages on the other shore of the lake and open up new opportunities in ecotourism.


Information about the Environmental Education Center, also called Indawgyi Wetland Education Center (IWEC), is also available on the Indawgyi Lake Biosphere Reserve webpage and on Inn Chit Thu‘s Facebook page.












The Indawgyi Wetland Education Centre (IWEC)

Inn Chit Thu- The community-based organization offers ecotourism activities at Indawgyi Lake.

Idyll at Shwe Taung Mountain

Support us

Support environmental education and sustainable development in the Indawgyi Lake Biosphere Reserve

By making a donation, you will support educational activities at the Indawgyi Wetland Education Center.


People & Nature

The exhibition offers a variety of information about the biosphere reserve. Topics are the diverse nature and culture, ecological problems, and sustainable resource use. Display boards, films and interactive elements offer a rich educational experience in Burmese and English.


Networking & Training

The event room is equipped with modern lecture technology and is actively used by local civil society for training, meetings, and events. The premises of the IWEC are used for numerous events for the development of local civil society. In the first year, 385 members of local organisations attended events at the IWEC.

Sustainable income

Create prospects

The local ecotourism initiative Inn Chit Thu runs the centre and benefits from the diverse opportunities. Selected, sustainably produced souvenirs from the biosphere reserve can be purchased here.

Popular destination

Relaxation & Nature

On the large visitor terrace you can enjoy a coffee and the fantastic view of the lake and watch numerous water birds.


Experience the biosphere reserve

The visitor centre is the starting point for guided excursions into the reserve. Tourists can rent bicycles and kayaks here or borrow binoculars and guide books.


Meeting point

Magnet for nature enthusiasts

Especially among young people from the region, the center has become a popular destination and meeting place, that helps raise enthusiasm for local nature.

Partners & Supporters

The project is funded by:

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ- BENGO

Manfred Hermsen Stiftung

Nds. Bingo Environmental Foundation


The project is implemented jointly with:

Fauna & Flora International

Inn Chit Thu