The five-year project commenced last year with aid from a $100 million World Bank loan. Benefits of the project include providing water resource information for inclusive decision- making affecting people living by the river and supporting the development of water-related organisations, laws and procedures. “After project design and calling for tenders, we sent the final draft for implementing the project in November 2016. We can start undertaking basic work for AIRBM before the Master Plan is released. We can use the time before 2020 effectively,” Dr Khin Ni Ni Thein said at a forum on the Ayeyarwady basin in Mandalay on October 17.