August 19, 2016

Management of Ayeyawady river basin discussed


THE National Water Resources Committee organised a workshop on the sustainable development of the Ayeyawady Basin in Yangon yesterday, with local and foreign experts finding ways to make effective use of the basin as part of the Ayeyawady Integrated River Basin Management Project.
The project was founded last year with funding from the World Bank, according to U Tun Lwin Oo, Director General of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
“It is the first project where the department has cooperated with the world’s financial institution,” he said, adding that the project is aimed at improving the management and development of the Ayeyawady River Basin and keeping national water resources intact.
He stressed the importance of water resources in supporting the ecosystems and generating national economic development, urging participants to focus their discussions on how to overcome challenges and grasp opportunities.
The World Bank lent US$100 million for the implementation of the Ayeyawady Integrated River Basin Management Project, which will last five years from 2015 to 2020.—Myanmar News Agency


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