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Southeast Asia’s longest undammed river

The Salween River (also known as the Nu and Thanlwin) is the longest undammed river in mainland Southeast Asia. From its headwaters in Tibet to its estuary in Myanmar, it remains wild and relatively untouched, flowing through remote and pristine areas. It supports the livelihoods of over 10 million people, sustaining the rich fisheries and fertile farmland central to the lives of indigenous and ethnic minority communities living along its banks.

5 million
years ago

The present course of the Salween began to form about 5 million years ago as the Indian subcontinent collided with Asia, resulting in the uplift of the Himalaya mountains and the Tibetan Plateau. Prior to the Himalaya orogeny, what are now the upper Irrawaddy, Salween, Mekong and Yangtze rivers may have all flowed into the Red River, emptying into the South China Sea. About 1.5 million years ago, volcanic activity diverted the Salween west towards the Andaman Sea, roughly creating the modern path of the river.


Opportunity for Communers to participate in community driven ecological conservation and restoration projects in Salween Delta region.
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