Comments sought on baseline assessment report on Myanmar hydropower sector

Public review and comment on the draft Baseline Assessment Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Hydropower Sector in Myanmar is sought until July 20.

The draft is the result of “a series of national, basin and local level stakeholder consultations, during which sustainability principles and key themes were refined in order to identify the key strategic environmental and social issues for each river basin,” according to the International Centre for Environmental Management.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment comprises three main phases: scoping and baseline assessment, impact assessment and sustainability analysis, and mitigation and recommendations. This phase led to the preparation of three volumes: Stakeholder Engagement Plan, Regional River Basin Consultations – Key Findings, and Baseline Assessment Report.

The Baseline Assessment Report document is presented in eight chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Hydropower
  • Geomorphology and sediment transport
  • Biodiversity
  • Aquatic ecology and fisheries
  • Economic development and land use
  • Social and livelihoods
  • Conflict

The draft was released for public comment on June 8. Once reviews are received, the chapters will undergo a final round of revisions and comments.

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