Sustainable Development In The Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape




Representatives from China, India, and Myanmar gathered in Myanmar

from 21 to 23 December to plan the transboundary management of a biologically rich

Himalayan ecosystem shared by the three countries.

The programme framework for a regional Brahmaputra-Salween landscape initiative was formulated at an expert consultation held in Nay Pyi Taw, organised jointly by the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Government of the Republic of Myanmar, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

The consultation to develop a future strategic programme for transboundary biodiversity management and climate change adaptation in the Brahmaputra-Salween landscape was inaugurated by His Excellency U Win Tun, Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar, who urged the participating countries to focus on both research and development to take this initiative further. Other speakers included U Nyi Nyi Khaw, Deputy Director, Department of Forest, Myanmar and Chair of the Board of Governors, ICIMOD; Dr Li Dezhu, Director of the Kunming Institute of Botany, China; Dr LMS Palni, Director of the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, India; and Dr Eklabya Sharma, Director of Programme Operations, ICIMOD.

The 30 participants drafted a programme framework whose highlights include collaborative and multidisciplinary research, regional capacity building, and policy and institutional support. Planned interventions will promote transboundary biodiversity management, cultural conservation, sustainable economic development, and enhanced ecosystem and socio-economic resilience in the Brahmaputra-Salween landscape.