BANGALORE: Representatives from the governments of India, China and Myanmar, in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), developed a framework for regional cooperation for promoting conservation and sustainable development in the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape (BSL).
The landscape is one of the areas with the richest biodiversity in the world.
Shared by China, India and Myanmar, the landscape unit lies at the junction of three global biodiversity hotspots and between two important river systems, the Brahmaputra and the Salween.
It is one of the seven transboundary landscapes in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region that are prioritised by ICIMOD and partners for regional-level conservation and development interventions, says a press note.
The landscape includes parts of Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve in India, parts of northern forest complex and six townships of Kachin state and Sagaing region in Myanmar, and Gaoligongshan region in Yunnan, China.
The ‘Regional Cooperation Framework’ was finalised at the meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on Thursday and Friday.
The event was co-organised by ICIMOD and the Forest Department at the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar, and attended by 35 participants representing government organisations and research institutions of the three countries.
Dr P P Dhyani, Director of G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in India, said India is keen to cooperate in the management of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape. He added that India is already collaborating with China, Nepal, and Bhutan in other transboundary landscapes such as Kailash and Kangchenjunga for the landscape’s development.