The end of one project signals the start of many new ones for the Freshwater Team in Myanmar! | WWF

The end of one project signals the start of many new ones for the Freshwater Team in Myanmar!

Posted on
11 September 2018
After 18 months, the Ayeyarwady River in the Economy Project will come to an end. The project included an in-depth process of collaboration and engagement with multiple stakeholders including civil society, academia, government and the private sector across the entire basin. Two major reports were published (Vol 1 on perceptions of risk in the basin and Vol 2 on future scenarios) and an educational video on sediment  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsfmcNHePiE) was developed. The process helped to focus the WWF Myanmar Freshwater Strategy and ensure we are responding to real freshwater threats in the country. 
 
New projects that have been started include: 
An assessment of the Free Flowing Rivers in Myanmar since the country is home to the only large free-flowing rivers in all of South East Asia - the Ayeyarwady and the Salween. The project will ensure that the global database is uploaded with Myanmar-specific data. The purpose of the assessment is to help prioritise which rivers require further protection in the country. 
Another gap identified through the River in the Economy process is the lack of policy or research on environmental flows in the country. To kick start this work, a symposium with over 150 people was organised to highlight the current state of knowledge with regards to environmental flows. The discussions from the symposium and workshop will be used to develop a "State of Knowledge" paper on environmental flows in Myanmar. Thereafter we hope to begin working on improving the science and policies associated with eflows in the country. 
 
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