Last week (30 October – 3 November) a team of (young) Myanmar water professionals visited - together with some Yangon-based Dutch water professionals – the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW). The Prime Minister of The Netherlands Mark Rutte emphasized in his opening speech the importance of the water partnerships, and even referred to water-related-activities in Myanmar.
"It's also about equipping communities to cope better with extreme weather in the future. These teams work on large-scale projects, for instance in the Philippines and Myanmar".Mark Rutte, AIWW, 2017
One of the key objectives of the Myanmar delegation was to demonstrate some concrete activities (of the last four years) of collaboration between Myanmar and The Netherlands in the fields of innovation and capacity building.
Monday 31 October
TU Delft Campus (photo AIWW)
Final preparations with MM delegation and TU Delft staff for AIWW presentations: Living Lab, Sustainable Dala Workshop and Resilient Cities Forum.
Project team meeting VP Delta: Leapfrogging Delta Management in Myanmar, Showcasing smart information solutions in the Ayeyarwady Delta. Partners for Water (RVO) funded project.
Tuesday 1 November Amsterdam International Water Week
Daw Hla Oo Nwe (retired Myanmar Deputy Director Irrigation and Water Utilization Department) presented in a crowded room "Myanmar Living Lab". She highlighted some innovations of the Partners for Water project. Nina Kattler (Van der Sat) shared her data-collection experiences from Myanmar. Nice combination of Senior-Junior teamwork.
The Myanmar and Dutch students hosted a successful workshop (link 7) at the 'Idea Theatre' (open co-creation space). They presented their initial outcomes – divided potential solutions into five components and requested to collaborate the participants to join forces in five break-out groups.
Meeting with NICHE Nuffic team (Link 8) to discuss Capacity Development activities in Myanmar (link 9).
Wednesday 2 November Amsterdam International Water Week
Interesting mix of speakers and cities during Resilient Leadership Forum (link 11). Sustainable Dala (Yangon) was on stage with Paris, Beijing, New York and Amsterdam. Each city shared their Resilient City approach and activities.
The Myanmar team (link 12) showcased a fresh perspective on solutions for a Sustainable Dala. Hla Oo Nwe as a senior accompanied by Young Water Expert Alwin Commandeur and students from TU Delft and Myanmar Maritime University (MMU) and Yangon Technological University (YTU).
Amsterdam International Water Week was a good platform to re-connect with many old friends (Melanie Schultz van Haegen (former Minister of Infrastructure and Environment – the Netherlands), Henk Ovink (Special Envoy for International Water Affairs), Willem Mak (I&M), Fernanda van de Velde (RVO) and networks (Delta Alliance) from previous meetings in Myanmar.