State of Knowledge: River Health in the Salween

TitleState of Knowledge: River Health in the Salween
Annotated RecordNot Annotated
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsJohnston, McCartney, Liu, Ketelsen, Taylor, Vinh, Gyi, Aung, Gyi
Secondary TitleState of Knowledge Series 6, WLE Greater Mekong
PublisherCGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Place PublishedVientiane
Key themesEcology and Livelihoods, Hydropower, Transboundary Governance

The Nu-Salawin-Thanlwin River (collectively known as the Salween) is one of the last wild rivers in Southeast Asia and the second longest river in the region, flowing 2,400 km through China, Thailand, and Myanmar. While still mostly undeveloped, the river has very significant potential for hydropower, and governments of all three basin countries are actively promoting development, despite local opposition in many areas. This State of Knowledge paper reviews what is known about river health in the Salween Basin, including both the current state and uses of the river and its catchment, and issues likely to drive change in the near future.


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Myanmar, China, Thailand

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