This article was originally published on the Myanmar Times.
Perhaps the most important – and largely overlooked – measure of a river is its value to the economy and wellbeing of a nation, a region, and its people. Simply put, large healthy, productive rivers like the Mekong and Ayeyarwady are unifying geographic features that serve as economic juggernauts, essential to long term growth and in maintaining the quality of life for millions of people.
We must view rivers through the lens of sustainability and approach sensible river stewardship as a way to ensure their diverse values persist. A degraded river will impede economic growth, while investing in protecting river ecosystems will make business more sustainable and more profitable…”
Read on at: Myanmar Times.