The Water Risk Filter, a free online tool for wastewater assessment

​ When I attended 4 th Water Stewardship meeting organized by WWF Myanmar, I found out an incredible free online tool. You do not need to be a water expert to use it. It is designed to be easy to apply by non-water experts to assess both basin and operational water risk for industry. That's made me fascinating to explore the tool myself. The Water ...
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Water Stewardship 4th Meeting was kicked off

​ On 24 th of July 2018, the Water Stewardship Working Group organized 4 th working group meeting at WWF-Myanmar Office. The meeting purpose was to update all participants regarding their current water concerns and activities. Moreover, Hannah Baleta introduced a new tool, " Water Risk Filter ", an online tool to help companies assess their water r...
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Introducing Free-Flowing Rivers Methodology in Myanmar

​ On 12 th of July 2018, World Wildlife Fund Myanmar (WWF – Myanmar) organized a Free-Flowing Rivers Workshop in Yangon. Free-Flowing Rivers can be quoted when they are connected in four following ways. 1 .  Longitudinally , a river should be connected between upstream and downstream. 2.  Laterally, the ability of a river could be swelled...
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Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, National Water Resources Committee and World Bank’s Support: Bankable or Non-bankable?

​On July 2, Bangladesh's The Independent newspaper reported that the World Bank had stopped approving projects for Myanmar as part of international moves to pressure Nay Pyi Taw regarding the issues in Rakhine State. The story quoted Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith after his meeting with World Bank Group President Mr. Jim Yong Kim in Dhaka. ...
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The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA)

6 July 2018 ( Updated) -  ​ The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) is one of the major knowledge outputs of the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project prepared by Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC). SOBA is an integrated environmental, social and economic analysis of past and present condition and trends in ...
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Key findings: Myanmar Living Conditions Survey 2017

5 July 18 - A joint report by the Central Statistical Organisation, the UNDP and the World Bank, reveals significant changes in living conditions in Myanmar over time. The key findings are: - The main changes in electrification are happening in Myanmar's villages, with almost all the growth in solar and public grid access coming from rural are...
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Meikhtila Lake Integrated Development Plan: Executive Summary

The Meikhtila Lake Integrated Development Plan (MLIDP) is one of the 'learning-by-doing' projects following from this IWRM Strategic Study. This MLIDP aims to provide an extensive overview of the stakeholders and existing policies relevant for Meikhtila Lake area. Additionally, a broad analysis of the socio-economic and physic-geographical sit...
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Concern voiced over industrial pollution of Myanmar’s Hlaing River

23 June 18 - Lab in-charge Dr. Aye Aye Win from Green Land Organization said that there was high content of iron in Hlaing River near Hlinetharyar and Shwepyithar industrial zones because of waste water released from these zones. "We found a high content of iron in the river water. And it is very muddy and contains a high level of siltati...
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Underground water to be used as reserve from 2025

​12 June 18 -  The Yangon population will have to reduce its use of underground water from 2025, as thereafter, such water will be used only as a reserve for emergencies, according to the advisory team of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC). The members of NWRC revealed this during a talk by the national-level water resources committ...
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Sea Of The Hydropower Sector In Myanmar Resources

​ 1 June 18 -  Led by Myanmar's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) and the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) with support from IFC and the Australian government, the Strategic Environmental Assessment of Myanmar's hydropower sector will provide, once completed, an informed hydropower pathway for each ...
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The Ayeyarwady River And The Economy Of Myanmar

This document attempts to identify different ways that the Ayeyarwady River is important to both Myanmar's economy and society. It also aims to highlight the importance of balanced development that will ensure the naturally functioning systems within the river continue to support growth and development, as they have for hundreds of years. It is a c...
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Ayeyarwady River and Myanmar Economy

​24 May 18 -   Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River is both unique and special. It is one of the largest free-flowing rivers in Southeast Asia. There is just one other river with this title, the Thanlwin or Salween River, which also traverses Myanmar's undulating landscapes. Although the river is "free-flowing", it is not pristine. The Ayeyarwady i...
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Coastal areas need balance between development and conservation

​17 May 18 -  Vice President U Myint Swe has called for negotiation and cooperation between development and conservation groups when infrastructure is built in coastal areas and in other parts of the country. He made the remark in his address at the fourth meeting of the national level Central Committee for the Administration and Management of...
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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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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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