Identifying and understanding the interactions among multiple development and water-related activities in the Chindwin Basin, and the impacts of climate change, geography and economic transformation on biodiversity, water-use, and local livelihoods, is critical for integrated water resources planning and management.

Work in the Chindwin Basin was not restricted to research, but also multi-stakeholder dialogues and building supportive institutions for water management.

As a result of this assessment, which took almost three years to complete, the Sagaing Regional Government established the Chindwin River Basin Organization (RBO), the first RBO in Myanmar, established with funding from the local government in partnership with a range of state and non-state actors, including local communities.

This volume will prove of value to academics and researchers, as well as media, donors and development partners working on natural resources and water governance issues in Myanmar, in particular the Chindwin River Basin, and especially for those studying river basin governance. The case studies herein are useful for state agencies, development professionals and environmental organizations in Myanmar and the Mekong Region involved in natural resources management planning, policymaking and partnerships for environmental governance in Myanmar.