Thanapon Piman

Thanapon Piman

Dr.Thanapon Piman is Water Cluster Lead and Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Centre, Thailand. He has 17 years’ work experience in water resources engineering, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), transboundary river basin planning and management, ecosystem valuation, climate change and adaptation. He has considerable professional experience in modeling and monitoring the potential impacts of water resources development and climate change to the hydrological cycles and ecosystems in the large river basins in the ASEAN region such as Mekong and Ayeyawaddy Rivers. He interests in supporting policy makers in developing sustainable basin development strategy and plan.

Success Story In Mainstreaming Ecosystem Values Into The Action Plan In Myanmar

The health of biodiversity and ecosystem in the Chindwin River Basin in Myanmar is facing threats from climate change and the economic development by mining, logging, agriculture, navigation and urbanization sectors. Natural capital contributes to clean and reliable water supply sources and reducing risks from floods and drought and serve livelihood over 7 million people in the basin. The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate the success case study of mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem values into development planning process and policy through integrated and evidence-based approaches, multi-stakeholder engagement, raising public awareness and policy dialogue. The study used mapping analysis and ecosystem modeling to identify key threats and quantify the values of ecosystem services. The biggest threat to biodiversity was found to be mining, logging, dams, and agriculture and the highest amount of ecosystem services was found on the northern part of the basin where the areas are covered by forest. The analysis shows that 12% of the Key Biodiversity Areas falls under high threat suggesting these areas are not well protected. We supported the Regional Government in establishing River Basin Organization (RBO) to be the main mechanism to engage multi-stakeholders, coordinate among different sectors and dialogue with the policymakers. We used this platform to communicate science, present key findings and provide recommendations to the decision makers.  The effective engagement with the high levels and using interactive participatory methods are the key success in integrating ecosystem values into implementing the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. We also engaged the local and international media in the assessment and stakeholder consultation process to build their capacity and increase public awareness on biodiversity conservation and potential impacts of developments and climate change. We learned that the media is one of the important factors to support influencing the policymakers.


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