Category Opportunities*
Environmental management To preserve and leverage the remaining wetlands and regionally significant environmental assets, including riverine habitats, for both ecological purposes and enhancing bio-diversity, including fish and other aquatic organisms, and to extend and promote greater tourism income.
To continue to invest in rehabilitation and improvement of forest areas to better manage catchments, enhance the lifetime of storage reservoirs and contribute to reducing GHG emissions.
To implement measures for managing mainstream and tributary floods in a manner sensitive to environmental needs and climate change (including sea level rise), recognising the ecological benefits of floods as well as the rising cost of flood damage as a result of changing use and value of flood plains prompted by growing economies and expansion of urban and industrial centres.
Economic development Further develop hydropower to promote regional energy security and cross-border trade and contribute to greater security in dry season water availability.
Increase abstractions for irrigation (whilst taking steps to improve irrigation efficiencies) to address and target drought protection, household food and water security needs, and the economic value of the basin’s resources.
Improve inland water transport (navigation) by taking advantage of greater water depths in the dry season throughout the mainstream and in some tributaries.
Note: (*) It is important to be mindful of the potential downsides of development opportunities, the need to carefully consider trade-offs, and the potential consequences of climate change.