Workshop on Socioeconomics and Ecosystem Values of Thanlwin/Salween/Nu River: Towards Transboundary Management Framework and Research Collaboration Network

International Workshop on

Socioeconomics and Ecosystem Values of Thanlwin/Salween/Nu River: Towards Transboundary Management Framework and Research Collaboration Network

2 - 3 September 2014
Mawlamyine University, Myanmar

Host institution: Mawlamyine University

Organizer: Renewable Energy Association Myanmar (REAM)

Co-organizers: Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA), THAILAND; Mekong Energy Ecology Network (MEE Net), THAILAND

Co-sponsors: Puang Ku; Mon Women’s Organization (MWO); Spirit in Education Movement

Agenda

Concept note

Proceeding

The overall purpose of this workshop is to provide space and opportunity for concerned and/or interested members of the academic sector and civil society organizations to share knowledge and experience regarding the Thanlwin/Salween/Nu River. The workshop is also intended to promote future cooperation among concerned academic as well as civil society to address common issues/areas of concern.

Presentations

Presentations by Myanmar academic

  1. A Geographical Evaluation on the Natural and Human Resources of the Thanlwin (Salween) Drainage Basin by Prof. Maung Maung Aye (Rector in Charge, Yangon University of Distance Education/ Parton & Chief Advisor, Myanmar Environmental Institute/ IGU Commission on Hazard and Risk)
  2. Present Status of Mangroves in Thanlwin Estuary, Mon State by Dr. San Tha Tun (Professor, Department of Marine Science, Mawlamyine University)
  3. Diversity and Distribution of Benthic Organisms in the Thanlwin River Mouth, Mon State by Dr. Cherry Aung (Lecturer, Department of Marine Science, Mawlamyine University)
  4. The Abundance, Diversity and Distribution of Phytoplankton along the Thanlwin River Mouth by U Aung Myo Hsan (Demonstrator, Department of Marine Science, Mawlamyine University.
  5. Fish and Prawn Resources in the Mouth of the Thanlwin River by Dr. Ohmar Min (Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Mawlamyine University)
  6. Fishery Status and Some Population Parameters of Harpadon nehereus in Setse Coastal Area by U Myat Thu (Demonstrator, Department of Marine Science, Mawlamyine University)
  7. The Assessment of Water Quality near the Mouth of the Thanlwin River by Dr. Win Aung (Department of Chemistry, Yangon University)
  8. Sediment Distribution and Sediment Chemistry of the Thanlwin River Mouth by Dr. Tun Tun Zaw (Assistant Lecturer, Department of Geology, Mawlamyine University)
  9. Investigation of Elemental Pollution of Sediment, Sand and Water Samples of the Thanlwin River Mouth by Dr. Daw San Yee (Professor and Head, Department of Physics, Mawlamyine University)
  10. Socioeconomics and Livelihood Values of Setse and Kyaikkhami Coastal Areas in the Thanlwin River Mouth by Daw Khin Khin Gyi (Demonstrator, Department if Marine Science, Mawlamyine University)

Presentations by Myanmar group 

  1. Downstream Impacts on Salween River by Mi Ah Chai, Mon Youth Progress Organization
  2. Current Hydro-power Development Projects and Livelihoods Situation in Shan State by Saw Moe Myint , Campaign Coordinator, Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)
  3. Inland Ecosystem and Livelihoods by Saw Thar Poe, Representative of Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)
  4. Thanlwin River of Karenni People by Ma Wint Wah Htun, UKSY
  5. Community Research Experience Sharing: Community Based Strategic Environmental Assessment on Ayeyarwady River Basin by U Muang Muang Oo, General Secretary, Sane Youg So Activities

Presentations by international group   

  1. A critique of the EIA Report for the Hutgyi Hydropower Project by Mr. Montree Chantawong, Campaign Coordinator, Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA)
  2. Transparency and Accountability Questions Re: Hutgyi Hydropower Project in Thailand by Mr. Pongpipat Meebenjamart, Salween River People’s Committee, Thailand
  3. Social, Economic and Ecological Downstream Impacts of Upstream Development: Lessons from Mae-klong River Basin by former-senator Mr. Surachit Chirawet, the Upper Thailand Gulf Network
  4. Some Considerations on Thanlwin Hydropower and Power Sector Development by Mr. Witoon Permpongsacharoen, Director, Mekong Ecological and Energy Network (MEE Net)
  5. Addressing Thanlwin Transboundary Concerns: Possibility of ASEAN as Regional Platform/Mechanism and Some Lessons from the Mekong River Commission by Ms. Premrudee Daoroung, Co-director, TERRA)
  6. Nu River: Ecosystems, Hydropower Development, Seismic Risks    Dr. Yu Xiao Gang (Green Watershed, China)
  7. Difference between Sino-Southeast Asia and Sino-Russian Transboundary Water Negotiations by Dr. Eugene Simonov, Rivers without Boundaries, China
  8. Advancing the State of Knowledge: Collaboration, Exchange and Networking within Academia and Community Researchers by Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Director, the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University

News

Thanlwin Dams Threaten Farmers’ Livelihoods: Academics
4 September 2014 | Yen Snaing | The Irrawaddy

Salween Ecosystem and Resource Workshop held in Moulmein (Mawlamyine) Capital
5 September 2014 | IMNA News - Independent Mon News Agency

Universities to cooperate on Thanlwin River research
6 September 2014 | Eleven News

Chinese dams on Thanlwin River threaten livelihood of Burmese villages
6 September 2014 | Asia News