‘Not Enough Water to Wash Our Hands,’ Say Kachin IDPs Bracing For COVID-19

​2 APRIL 2020 - Source: Burma News International - While thorough handwashing has been proven as an effective strategy to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State's camps say that the current water shortage prevents them from being able...

Ayeyarwady island eyed as Ramsar Site

​16 March 2020 - Source: Myanmar Times - The Forest Department wants to upgrade an island in Ayeyarwady Region that is a nesting site for sea turtles from its current status as a protected area to a Ramsar Site. A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the R...

Research needed to manage summer water shortage in rural areas

29 Feb 20 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - Due to warmer temperatures in the summer, droughts and depleting water supply will likely become more common in Myanmar. The water crisis in rural areas every summer highlights the need for better urban planning and management. Last year, the number ...

Framework for establishing environmental flows in the Ayeyarwady

28 FEB 2020 - Source: The Australian Water Partnership - The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is supporting an Environmental Flows (e-flows) project in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River Basin (ARB), with the objective of developing an e-flows policy framework for its adoption. There are many fl...

Mandalay disaster response team to work with other groups in the north

20 Jan 20 - Source: Myanmar Times - The Mandalay Disaster Response Team has joined forces with other charitable groups in northern Myanmar to strengthen its ability to respond to emergencies in the region and neighbouring areas. The organisation was formed in 2016 with members of more than 20 charit...

Conservationists to conduct census of migratory birds in Myanmar wetlands

06 Jan 20 - Source: Myanmar Times - Conservationists are set to conduct next week a census of migratory birds taking refuge in the country's wetlands to escape the biting winter in their natural habitats. Daw Thiri Dawei Aung, Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association's (BANCA) managing direc...

The price of Indawgyi’s gold

For communities living around Kachin State's Indawgyi Lake, small-scale gold mining is a vital source of income, but it is taking a toll on the lake's ecosystem.​ By HKUN LI | FRONTIER Photos HKUN LI and NYEIN SU WAI KYAW SOE 28 Dec 19 - Source: Frontier Myanmar - INDAWGYI Lake in Kachin State's Moh...

Sagaing works to conserve Tha Phan Seik Dam water

02 Dec 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - The Sagaing Regional government has set up conservation measures due to the low water level in Tha Phan Seik Dam, the biggest in Southeast Asia, to irrigate farms during the dry season, a senior regional agricultural official said Sunday. U Win Hlaing Oo, head of ...

Mandalay to spend K5.3b to prevent riverbank erosion in major rivers

17 Oct 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Mandalay Region will spend K 5.3 billion (US$2.29 million) in 2020 to fortify river banks to prevent erosion, the regional Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems said. The measures to prevent riverbank erosion will be carried out in 20 vil...

Feasibility study carried out to construct Balaminhtin Bridge No. 2

16 Oct 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - Feasibility study on constructing Balaminhtin Bridge No. 2 had begun, according to Kachin State based Special Bridge-Group 1 of the Department of Bridge. "Hydrographic survey to construct Balaminhtin Bridge No. 2 was contracted to Directorate of Wate...

Myitsone becomes popular destination for holidaymakers

15 Oct 19 - Source: Global New Light Of Myanmar - Myistone can be reached in less than one-hour drive from Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. The confluence of the Maykha and Malikha rivers that formed Ayeyawady River has attracted many visitors with its natural beauties.The area has seen a lar...

FMO and WWF Myanmar to Advance Industrial Wastewater Treatment in Myanmar

In February 2019, after signing at a ceremony in The Hague to provide seed funding to WWF to develop wastewater treatment projects in Myanmar and another country, Zambia, FMO and WWF Myanmar made an advancement to demonstrate the pre-feasibility study of industrial wastewater treatment in Myanmar. D...

Local inclusive community started managing water for their farms equally in Pywat Ywar village

Indigenous farmers formed a local community (Water User Association) called Five village Bless, led to effective irrigation management by ensuring reliable and equal water distribution in support of their livelihoods in MyinMu Township, Sagaing Region in Myanmar. Local farmers can regulate the water...

Two Mandalay lakes to get wetland protection

30 Sep 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Mandalay Region's Sont Ye Lake in Kyaukse township and Paleik Lake in Tada-U will be designated as protected wetlands to conserve them and regulate development, a senior regional official said. U Myo Thit, regional minister for Natural Resources and Environmental ...

Increasing Demand for Piped-Water Supply in Mandalay: Athena Infonomics’ Research Outcomes

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is facing severe challenges in improving its water service coverage. It is also facing mounting financial losses. In this context, MCDC called for actionable insights on improving its coverage and the potential for tariff hikes to ensure financial susta...