National Consultation for feasibility assessment, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

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The Forest Department (FD) of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar organized a stakeholder consultation meeting on 12th August 2013 for feasibility assessment of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (BSLCDI). 

The consultation was attended by over 30 representatives from relevant government organizations including the Planning Department, Department of Agricultural Research, Settlement and Land Records Department as well as the Forest Department, international and local NGOs, universities, and research institutions. 

The objective of the meeting was to identify and share sources of data and information regarding the feasibility assessment of the landscape. 

One of the major agreements of the consultation process was that the FD would facilitate the data collection and synthesis with assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

The delineation of the landscape and the criteria for delineation were also discussed. The townships that include the protected areas along the northern borders of Myanmar with China and India would define the Landscape's delineation in Myanmar Myanmar namely, Nawgmun, Putao, Machanbaw, Khaunglanphu, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Namyun Townships.

The draft report would be shared with the participants for their inputs and also with experts for feedback. The final report would be shared with ICIMOD and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

The Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape is one of the seven transboundary landscapes that ICIMOD and its country partners have identified to have tremendous potential for conservation and integrated development through trans-boundary cooperation.