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December 14, 2018

Biodiversity conservation project in Chindwin River to kick off next month

Environmentalists are planning to conduct a Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Risk Assessment (BESRA) in three townships along the Chindwin River. File Photo: Aye Min Soe
Environmentalists are planning to conduct a Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Risk Assessment (BESRA) in three townships along the Chindwin River. File Photo: Aye Min Soe

A research study under the project of mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Chindwin River Basin will be officially launched on 1 April in three townships along the river, said Daw Khin Ohnma Htway, Director of Myanmar Environment Institute (MEI).
The research programme will be carried out in 15 villages, including six in Khamti, three in Kalewa and six in Chaung U townships, which are the main areas of biodiversity conservation. Researchers will monitor the values of biodiversity and observe the environmental impacts and livelihood problems in the communities.
The research programme is planned to start from early April and continue until late May. The results of this study will be revealed to the public through the regional government, Daw Khin Ohnma Htway added.
The project of mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Chindwin River Basin is aimed at building the capacity of civil society and government agencies in assessing potential impacts of development and climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services and livelihoods, mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services values in policies and plans, and raising awareness of biodiversity conservation.—Win Oo (Zeyataing)

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