Mai Pokhari

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Mai Pokhari

  • Country: 
    Nepal
  • Site number: 
    1850
  • Area: 
    90 ha
  • Designation date: 
    20-10-2008
  • Coordinates: 
    27°00'N 87°55'E
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Overview

Mai Pokhari. 28/10/08; Ilam; 90 ha; 27°00'N 087°56'E. A permanent freshwater pond to the south of Mt Kanchendjunga (3rd highest peak of world), recharged from natural springs and rainwater which provides a major source of fresh water for local communities. It lies in the eco-tone of Schima-Casanopsis and Oak-laurel vegetation providing habitat for significant epiphytic orchids as well as for protected species such as White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis), Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and Eurasian Otter (Lutra Lutra), and endemic species like Hariya cheparo (Japalura variegata). The site has highly significant religious-cultural value as the convergence point of Buddhism, Hinduism and Mundhum (animism) traditions as Mai-Religio-Culture; the site name means mother pond. Introduction of exotic plant and fish species are noted among many potential threats to the site. Ramsar site no. 1850. Most recent RIS information: 2008.

  • Last publication date: 
    20-10-2008

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