Myanmar’s Inle Lake: an ecosystem fighting to survive

17 May 18 -  Since 6 am Myint Soe and his son have been fishing aboard their long-tail boat. It looks as though it's been a good morning – between their feet lie about 30 fish of a kilo or less in weight, valued, he says, at about 30,000 kyat or €18. Soe is using net traps to catch Inle and common carp and says he will stay out on the lake unt...
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Environmentalists dissatisfied with water management study

​16 May 18 -  Environmentalists and non government groups were dissatisfied with the results of water management and environmental impact assessment (EIA) performance project in the country's waterways. A three-year project was conducted from June 2015 to May 2018 by the Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation Ministry, the Mandalay Ci...
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Summary of the Final workshop of the Ayeyarwady Basin Exploratory Scenarios initiative

​ Last week @CSIRO supported by eWater , WaterAid , ICEM and HIC, Australian Water Partnership held the final workshop of the Ayeyarwady Basin Exploratory Scenarios initiative. The Scoping study has used the Ayeyarwady SOURCE model to undertake a rapid sensitivity analysis of the Ayeyarwady basin to change, and then worked with government and non-g...
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National Strategy for Rural Water Supply, Water and Sanitation(WASH), WASH in Schools and WASH in Health Facilities

The purpose of this Strategy is to set out the way to meet the needs of the rural populations for improved domestic water supply services, access to and use of improved sanitation with elimination of open defecation, and improved hygiene behaviour by the Year 2030. The Strategy is supported by Investment Plans covering a financing period 2015 to 20...
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Dala's water woes

10 May 18 - The Yangon Region government hopes a new tap system will help solve water shortages in the underdeveloped township of Dala, but residents would prefer authorities focus on improving more than 100 ponds where supplies are quickly diminishing. ​   THE RESIDENTS of Dala Township live beside the Yangon River but potable water is s...
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Development could hurt Ayeyarwady River: environmentalists

​ 10 May 18 -  Environmentalists and conservationists have warned that unbridled economic development along the Ayeyarwady River could cause irreversible harm to its ecosystem. "Damage has been done to some extent to the river's ecosystem by urban development and economic expansion. We need to protect the river immediately," said U Myo Thit, m...
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Ayeyarwady SOBA Report Launched - An example of Integrated Water Management in Practice

The most comprehensive assessment ever completed on Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River Basin was released at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Yangon, Myanmar, in December 2017. The Australian Water Partnership supported the Government of Myanmar's National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) in undertaking the State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) – the mo...
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Visitors damage coral reefs on Cocks Comb

​03 May 18 -  Ninety percent of the coral reefs on a famous island, Cocks Comb have been damaged by the uncontrolled influx of visitors during the past two years, U Phyo Wai Yarzar, advisor of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association told The Myanmar Times on Wednesday. adCocks Comb Island is just off the coast of Kawthaung and part of the My...
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The geography of future water challenges

This publication shows that, without improved water management or adaptation to climate change, the global sustainability goals cannot be achieved. The report highlights the urgent need for an integrated approach to limiting climate- and water-related risks. Using maps and info-graphics, The geography of future water challenges shows the water-rela...
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Characterization of the Bago Sub basin Pilot implementing the EU Water Framework Directive

Created by Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). The aim of this report is to characterize the Bago Sub-basin, located in the Bago Region in the south-central part of Myanmar. The report presents the different characterization steps, including methods for identifying water use and water users, economic analysis of water usage, monitor...
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Integrated Water Resources Management in Myanmar: Water usage and introduction to water quality criteria for lakes and rivers in Myanmar Preliminary report

​Created by Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). The purpose of the report is to present some first recommendation for the development of Myanmar ecological quality criteria using the system of the EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD) as baseline, with main focus on the characterization and classification processes. As bac...
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Drinking water quality standards out this year

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 9 March, 2018 Photo: Google ​ The government will issue national drinking water quality standards this year, the Occupational and Environmental Health Division (OEHD) announced on Thursday. Dr Kay Khine Aye, deputy director of the OEHD, said the standards have been under discussion for a long time and a draft has bee...
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Water and Health in Myanmar

 Presented by Dr. Khaing Khaing Soe, Deputy Director of Occupational and Environmental Health Division on World Water Day in Nay Pyi Taw. It includes  ​Burden of Diseases relating to water pollution in Myanmar National Drinking Water Quality Standard Water Quality Surveillance Guideline Monitoring of water quality WASH in health care faci...
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Illegal drinking water plants choking Mandalay bottlers

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 15 February, 2018 ​ Illegal bottled water manufacturers are giving legitimate bottlers in Mandalay Region unfair competition, said Ma Su, chair of the Myanmar Drinking Water Entrepreneurs Association. Ma Su said that only about 200 of the more than 6000 bottled water manufacturers in the region have permits from the ...
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Water quality research in Chindwin River extended one more year

Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar Date: 29 January, 2018 ​ To get more accurate and thorough details about the water quality of the Chindwin River, which flows through the Sagaing Region, research will be continued one more year, said Dr Win Maung, chairperson of Myanmar Environment Institute (MEI). "Deforestation occurs in the watershed area...
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