Myanmar’s Chindwin River Basin is home to a wide range of ecosystems from upland forests to riverine lowlands and seasonally flooded wetlands. These habitats are home to 370 bird species, 16 mammal species including tigers, 5 reptile species, 82 butterfly species, and 155 fish species of which 54 are endemic to the area.
The six million people living in the basin depend on the basin’s natural resources for their livelihoods getting fuel, food, and medicinal plants as well as using the seasonally flooded wetlands for fishing and riverbank gardens for planting crops.
“Saving Chindwin’s Biodiversity” gives the perspectives of the people living in the basin who talk about their lives and livelihoods, the threats to the natural resources such as from mining, and their ongoing efforts to urgently protect the basin’s natural resources before it’s too late.
The film is an outcome of the Chindwin Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (CBES) study, a two-year assessment by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). CBES aims to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem service values by supporting local communities and state agencies in the Chindwin River Basin in Myanmar.
Producer (script, editing, sound): Rajesh Daniel
Camera: Wichai Juntavaro
Associate producers/interviews: May Thazin Aung, Than Htway
Translators: Thant Zaw Soe, Ei Phyo Wai Aung
CBES project leads: Thanapon Piman, SEI; Prof. Win Maung, Myanmar Environmental Institute (MEI)
Project supported by: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) Produced in collaboration with the Sagaing Regional Government (Myanmar), state agencies, academics, researchers and media in Myanmar. Special thanks to the local communities in the Chindwin Basin and the Chindwin River Basin Organization (CRBO).
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SEI scientists say Myanmar’s rapid economic development threatens the Chindwin Basin’s flora and fauna and the local livelihoods dependent on these resources. Implementing a host of conservation measures can save these valuable natural resources.
SEI organized a biodiversity assessment training workshop on 15-16 August 2018. The participants included government organizations, academics and civil society. The aim of the workshop was to build the capacity of participants using tools such as QGIS and
SEI will hold a biodiversity training and media workshop for Myanmar in Monywa from 15-17 August 2018. The workshop is co-organized by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Myanmar Environment Institute (MEI).