Pro­ject aims to har­ness river re­sources

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THE Aye­yarwady In­te­grated River Basin Man­age­ment (AIRBM) pro­ject – a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the De­part­ment of Wa­ter Re­sources, Aus­tralia and the Nether­lands, with fi­nan­cial back­ing from the World Bank – aims to both pro­tect and de­velop Myan­mar’s most fa­mous wa­ter­way.

Pro­ject di­rec­tor U Win Hlaing said AIRBM will aim to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of cli­mate change, de­velop river-wa­ter re­sources across the coun­try and ad­vise on wa­ter trans­porta­tion plans. The pro­ject will try to im­prove the me­te­o­rol­ogy tech­nol­ogy be­ing used on the river and stan­dard­ise trans­porta­tion be­tween Man­dalay and Nyaung Oo in Man­dalay Re­gion, he said.

It will also help de­velop a wa­ter law and a master plan for river man­age­ment, and sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions that work on river-re­lated is­sues.

The pro­ject’s fi­nal re­port is due on June 30, 2017, said Daw Khin Ni Ni Thein, who is a co-di­rec­tor of the pro­ject.

“We will do what we can to im­prove prof­its [from river re­sources],” she said. “But we will not do it by let­ting peo­ple tear down the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Nether­lands signed onto the pro­ject in 2013 and Aus­tralia signed on in 2015, so there has been plenty of time to pre­pare, said Daw Khin Ni Ni Thein.

Be­tween 26 mil­lion and 30 mil­lion peo­ple live in the Aye­yarwady River basin.

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