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Tuesday, 17 July 2012 00:00

Burma Rivers Network - The Salween river is an international river and great challenge for sustainable management

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The Salween River begins its journey at 4,000 meters above sea level, high on the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas. It runs through the mountains of Yunnan Province in China, passing through Shan and Karenni states in eastern Burma before forming the border between Burma and Thailand for about 120 kilometers. It continues south through Burma before reaching the Andaman Sea in the Gulf of Martaban at Mawlamyine, Mon State.

The total length of the Salween is approximately 2,800 kilometers. An international river, in Southeast Asia its length is second only to the Mekong River. It is also the longest river in Southeast Asia that has yet to be dammed.

 

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