How to keep the lid on flooding

​ Myanmar is facing the onset of the approaching monsoon season with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology warning of potential storms as the monsoon season nears. Whenever the rainy season hits upon us, we would hear constant laments on the conditions of our city's drainage system. As a city planner, architect, building engineer or property ...
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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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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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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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Yangon’s “new city” authority to publicise project documents in bid to improve transparency

03 May 18 - The authority responsible for Yangon's new city development has vowed to release the project documents of selected tenders for public scrutiny, and allow third parties to challenge the awarded party. On May 2, the government-owned New Yangon Development Company Limited (NYDC) announced that the NYDC signed a framework agreement wit...
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Ayeyarwady Decision Support System and Basin Master Plan

11 April 18 - DHI has just signed the contract for the World Bank funded project " Development of the Ayeyarwady Decision Support System and Basin Master Plan " in Myanmar where DHI in collaboration with Mott Macdonald and ICEM will develop and implement the Ayeyarwady Basin DSS and the Ayeyarwady Basin Master Plan. The Ayeyarwady River, famou...
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Echoes of Former Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challengers

02 May 18 - The twilight of summer holidays among university students is now approaching. Most of the university reopen in the first week of June, some in the second week of May. Students have finished their first semester in March and freshened their eagerness in summer period. After launching the 2 nd edition of Myanmar-Netherlands Water Cha...
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Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation-Integrated Processes

301d Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation-Integrated Processes Duration Part 1: November 12-30, 2018 Part 2: 2 weeks in March-April, 2019 Location Part 1: Stockholm Sweden Part 2: To be decided Number of participants 25 Target Region Asia Closing date for applications May 11, 2018   Invitation Achieving Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation...
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The UN Watercourses Convention Summary

  "The UN Watercourses Convention: A Window of Opportunities for Cooperation" was held at Aureum Palace Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw on 11 th April 2018, facilitated by IUCN under the BRIDGE programme in partnership with National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) of Myanmar. The objective of the dialogue is to bring together relevant stakeholders from My...
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In rural Myanmar, more frequent and intense droughts affecting local livelihoods

In the dry and arid central region of Myanmar, climate risks mean more intense and longer dry spells and frequent droughts. Village communities mostly eke out a living growing peanuts and sesame and raising livestock. But as water for drinking and farming gets scarce, many communities are coping by moving to the cities in search of work. Written by...
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Framework to assess river health in Myanmar presented

​ Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – March 9, 2018: Framework to assess river health in Myanmar presented As Myanmar develops, pressure on the country's rivers is increasing. With limited data available to inform management decisions, sustainable development of these key national resources is challenging. In response, the Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative (MHR...
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WASH Training Program: Thirst-Aid Regular Activities

We had the opportunity to meet with Thirst Aid program director, Thin Nwe Soe for an interview at her office. In the interview, we talked about training and education programs that have been granted by Thirst Aid . Thirst-Aid encourages education and knowledge as the principal tools for improved water quality to come from within the ...
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Insights of Myanmar Community of Practice (CoP) Water in the City workshop

​On the 22nd of March 2018, World Water Day , The Water Agency (TWA) initiated the first Myanmar Community of Practice (CoP) workshop in Yangon at the beautiful and authentic building of Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT). During Piet Filet's visit to Yangon in January, local stakeholders were inspired by the Flood Community of Practice that is ...
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Thilawa to step up power and water supply by 2021

Source: The Myanmar Times Date: 12 March 2018 Photo: Google ​ The infrastructure necessary for Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will be fully completed within four years, according to Thilawa SEZ Management Committee (TSMC) and Japanese officials. These include roads, bridges, electricity, water supply and a jetty, which will be completed by 202...
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