Universities to cooperate on Thanlwin River research

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6 September 2014 | Eleven News

Source: http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&i...

MAWLAMYINE — Myanmar universities will cooperate on research to try to preserve the Thanlwin, which runs through the east of the country and is one of the world’s longest rivers.

Mawlamyine University from Mon State, Hpa-an University from Kayin State, Loikaw University from Kayah State and Lashio University from Shan State will be invited to participate, according to Prof San Yi, head of the physics department at Mawlamyine University.

“In our group, professors and teachers, as well as retired teachers will participate,” Prof San Yi said. “We will also cooperate with Yangon University. Research will be conducted along the course of Thanlwin River. Community support and non-government organisations will also help. We will even try to cooperate with international universities such as Chinese and Thai universities.”

Prof Khin Sandar Aye, head of geology at Loikaw University, said: “We will study the nature and the culture of people along the course of Thanlwin River. We will work with different departments of the universities. We will conduct interviews with local people.”

Another professor, Kyin Swan, said she had been also writing a paper on the Thanlwin, while doing similar research at Hpa-an University.

The Thanlwin, previously known as the Salween, runs for about 2,800 kilometres from the Tibetan plateau through Yunnan (where it is known as the ‘Nu’ or ‘Nu Jiang’) then down through Shan, Kayah and Mon states into the Andaman Sea at Mawlamyine.

At least six hydropower projects are planned on the upper reaches of the river.