Consultation meeting on Chindwin futures assessment paves way for development opportunities on Chindwin River

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U Aung Zaw Oo, Sagaing Region Minister for Transport, on Wednesday pledged he will take a message on the formation of a Chindwin River basin organization to the regional chief minister who plays a major role in enhancing the overall development programmes for the Chindwin River at the consultation meeting on Chindwin futures assessment.
The meeting is aimed at discussing key recommendations on future plans for the river as well as seeking effective advice from stakeholders on the future plan for the Chindwin River, a major tributary of the Ayeyawady River, that is more than 700 kilometers long.
The consultation was organized by the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems, Stockholm Environment Institute, Myanmar Environmental Institute and the Blue Moon Fund.
During the meeting, participant groups agreed to initiate a watercourse management programme upstream on the Chindwin River as a priority where the river becomes dangerously polluted from mercury used in gold mining operations.
“The Ministry of Mines has pushed those mining companies to make corporate social responsibility activities for the region,” U Saw Yu, assistant general manager of Mining-2, said. A watercourse management programme is vital to provide a better transportation service that is also connected with the development of delta are  as well as the country’s economic sector.
U Thaung Lwin, a director of DWIR, said the ministry faces difficult challenges implementing overall waterway management tasks as there are not enough funds but the directorate has carried out river training work at numerous sites along the Ayeyawady and Chindwin rivers, highlighting the role of public participation in development tasks.
The directorate and its partner organizations will also organize a two-day workshop on engaging stakeholders and decision support tools for integrated water resources management in the Chindwin River basin to be held on Thursday at Sedona Hotel in Yangon.
The objectives of the workshop are to introduce the techniques for engaging multiple stakeholders in exploring alternative strategies for developing and managing water resources in an integrated way using strategic and participatory planning tools, according to the organizers.

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