Ayeyarwady floodplain wetlands



Ayeyarwady floodplain wetlands are shallow, often small, lakes that occur across the Ayeyarwady floodplain. They can be fully vegetated with non-woody vegetation or occur as patches of open water, and undergo regular seasonal drying and filling with monsoonal rain. Generally, they maintain some permanent water in at least part of their distribution throughout the year in most years.

Assessment summary

This ecosystem is widespread with EOO and AOO not meeting category thresholds for threatened. However, an assessment of present distribution (~2016) against an assumed historical distribution that approximates the same distribution as rice- paddies today, suggests that at least 70.1% of this ecosystem has been transformed to agriculture since the 1750s. The ecosystem therefore qualifies as Endangered under Criterion A3.