Chindwin Biodiversity Ecosystem Services

The Chindwin River is the biggest tributary of the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar. Working in the Chindwin River Basin in Myanmar, the project aims to empower civil society and governmental agencies to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem service values into development plans for the Chindwin River Basin.

The two year project (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2019) is supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

Objectives

  • Build capacity of civil society and government agencies in assessing potential impacts of development and climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services and livelihoods.
  • Mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services values into policies and plans.
  • Raise public awareness on biodiversity conservation.

Outcomes

  • Potential impacts of selected development plans including mining, logging, hydropower, agriculture, navigation and transportation and climate change on biodiversity, communities and livelihoods in Chindwin Basin are quantified and demonstrated.
  • Capacity built of civil society groups and government agencies in valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services and assessing potential impacts of development plans and climate change on biodiversity, local communities and livelihoods.
  • The decision-making process on government policies and plans in Chindwin Basin is positively influence through direct engagement and policy dialogue with key stakeholders in mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services values into selected government policies and plans. These key actors include Myanmar’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (for areas in Chindwin Basin), the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures and biodiversity monitoring programmes of the Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) and the Chindwin River Basin Organization (RBO).
  • Public awareness on the issues related to biodiversity conservation, ecosystem service values and sustainable development increased through direct engagement with local and international media.