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Kalaw, Myanmar – another environmental disaster

by on Aug.10, 2011, under Posts

As beautiful as it is, Kalaw is not without its environmental problems. The locals depend on agriculture for their livelihood, and sadly, farming practices here are far from sustainable.  As recently as 30 years ago, tigers could still be hunted in this area.  Now there are none left.  The remaining “Reserve Forest” has only been protected because an important water reservoir is located within it.  This tiny patch of protected forest covers less than a single mountaintop, not enough land area to support even one large predator.

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Kalaw, Myanmar

by on Aug.06, 2011, under Posts

Note: if you have been inspired to visit Kalaw, check out this more practical article to aid your planning.

Kalaw is a town about 50 km west of Inle Lake.  It’s a great area for hiking because, at an elevation of over 4,000 feet, its climate is cool year-round, and it is surrounded by green hills full of interesting vegetation and friendly villages.

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