CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: Salween Studies Research Workshop - The Role of Research for a Sustainable Salween River

“Mekong, Salween and Red Rivers: Sharing Knowledge and Perspectives Across Borders"

This research workshop on “Salween Thanlwin Nu Studies” (“Salween Studies”) built on the work and momentum of previous Salween Studies meetings (Mawlamyaine 2013, Chiang Mai Experts Meeting 2013, Salween Studies Conference at Chiang Mai University 2014, and Salween University Network Meeting 2016). We brought together researchers to: share the state of knowledge, identity research gaps, and to set a research agenda for a “Sustainable Salween River.” The event was held on 26-27 February 2018 at the Department of Geography, University of Yangon, Myanmar and attended by over 60 participants from around the world.

This research workshop also represented the final meeting of the Salween Water Governance Project and as such, represents the culmination of three years of research and collaboration among the “Salween University Network.” This project was carried out under the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) in the Greater Mekong with support from CGIAR Fund Donors ( and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The following were identified as the specific objectives for the conference:

  • Share state of knowledge
  • Identify research gaps
  • Identify research projects going forward

Individual worksop presentations can be downloaded from the links below. 

Abstract Booklet

Workshop Agenda

Day 1

Keynote by Professor Maung Maung Aye: A reflection on the role of researchers and research on the Salween River: Past, Present and Future

Panel 1: Pathways approach for change? Towards a Sustainable Salween

Panel 2 and 4: Physical Geographies of the Thanlwin River and Estuary

Panel 3: Social, Ecological, and Economic Values of the Lower Basin

Panel 5: Development for whom?

Panel 6: Energy Planning for whom?

Day 2

Keynote by Professor Chayan VaddhanaphutiStates of knowledge and geographies of ignorance of/in the Salween Basin

Panel 8: Learning from other contexts for the Salween

Panel 9: Landscape Change: Linking forest and water governance (session cancelled)

Panel 10: Peace, Conflict, and Salween Water Governance

Panel 11: Gender, Environmental Governance, and Development.

Panel 12: Politics of Water Governance and Scale

Closing remarks and synthesis: Research and Policy Making on the Salween River: How should they be related? (Khin Maung Lwin) 

Workshop Funders