Objectives of the DMH is as follows:
(1) To take precautionary measures against and minimize the effects of natural disasters
(2) To promote safety, comfort, efficiency and regularity of air, land (rail & road), sea and inland water transportation.
(3) To bring sustainable development of natural resources (hydro electric power, forest produce, water use, wind energy, etc.)
(4) To promote agricultural and food production.
(5) To ensure efficient operation, planning and development of activities in natural defense, industry, health, social welfare and all sectors of national economy.
(6) To undertake international collaboration for all development activities and works of the DMH
The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) offers a unique opportunity to bring together the Australian development and water sectors under a long-term strategic engagement framework. By sharing its experiences from three decades of water reform, and from learning to manage water as a scarce economic good, Australia can help international partners to develop a better understanding of their sustainable water resource base, implement robust basin-scale planning, enact governance reforms supported by innovative policy and legal frameworks, strengthen institutions and build professional capability, develop water sensitive cities, improve water quality and ecological health, and manage demand and improve water use efficiency, in a variable and drying climate. To manage water resources effectively and equitably in the Indo-Pacific region to support sustainable economic development, improve water security for all, and reduce environmental and social impacts and regional tensions.
The committee will draw up and implement an integrated water management system, and develop a national integrated water management strategy, a national water resources policy, a water framework directive and a water law. It is seek ways to earn revenue by utilizing water resources, set up a water resources decision support system and databank, promote international collaboration on water sectors and establish a water resources trust fund.
The Myanmar Water Hub is the gateway to the Myanmar water sector. Operating from Yangon – and its representative offices in the Netherlands, Singapore and Brisbane – the Myanmar Water Hub provides high-impact services that support its members to be successful in developing partnerships and business opportunities in Myanmar.
Some of the services we offer include partner identification, market intelligence, business development, meetings & events, trade missions, project support, local representation, exhibitions, government relations, media and advertising.
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The New Yangon Development Company Limited (NYDC) is an entity incorporated under the Special Companies Act and was established to undertake the development of the New Yangon City.
NYDC is 100% owned by the Yangon Regional Government and tasked to develop 20,000 acres of land west of central Yangon across from Kyeemyindaing as a Phase I into an urban industrial district that will initiate creation of 2 million jobs.
The vision of New Yangon City is to be a safe, smart and clean city that will serve as an example of efficiency, integrity and accountability.
Thirst-Aid has developed one of the most comprehensive and holistic approaches to point of use water treatment in the industry.
Thirst-Aid views the need to purify water in developing countries as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. Thirst-Aid employs the need for water improvement as an entry point by which to introduce new skills, develop small businesses and stimulate local economies whiles simultaneously introducing appropriate safe-water technologies and public health education to the population as a whole.
While many organizations focus on one technology or another to purify water, Thirst-Aid advocates for the bundling of technologies and realizes that education, training, and social marketing to promote behavior change comprise 90% of the issue in the adoption of safe-water practices.
To address this concern, Thirst-Aid precedes the introduction of all safe water technologies with the Thirst-Ed program. Developed in cooperation with UNICEF, Thirst-Ed integrates the need to educate and inspire the drive for improved water with the beneficiaries desire to be a stakeholder. By offering an education and social marketing program that not only raises awareness of waterborne illnesses and improved hygiene but also provides participants with the means to purchase their ceramic water filters, the Thirst-Ed program guarantees an increase in behavior change and sustained product use.
Thirst-Ed allows participants to apply the time they spend attending safe water classes to-wards the purchase price of a ceramic water filter unit, thus turning education into currency and helping to make filters affordable to the poor.
Yangon Heritage Trust is an independent centre of excellence working to promote and integrate Yangon's unique urban heritage into a 21st century vision of Yangon as one of Asia's most liveable cities.
Yangon Heritage Trust advocates for heritage protection, develops clear and sustainable policy options, engages with government, business and civil society, communicates its ideas to the widest possible audience, undertakes specific conservation projects, and facilitates research and training.
In 1945, before Myamar gained its independence , the supervisory office of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation was established to conduct the activities of social welfare and natural disaster prevention. Lately, after 1948, during the time of independence gained, the office was reorganized as the ministry of education, social welfare and resettlement. After that, the name of the office had changed as the ministry of education, relief and resettlement in 1952 and it had changed as the ministry of ethnic minority and relief and resettlement again in the same year to with the purpose of implementing the activities of natural disaster preparation, relief and resettlement and providing necesarry assistance. But in 1957, due to the political change, it had modied the name of the office as the ministry of Relief, Resettlement and National Reconciliation. In 1972, when the new administration took over, the office was reconstituted as Ministry of Social Welfare. At the beginning, there are two departments under the ministry as department of social welfare and department of relief and resettlement.
1992,the State Law and Order Restoration Council transformed the Ministry of Social Welfare into the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement with three departments including The Fire Services department under its Notification 14/92 dated 19-02-1992.
On 6th November 2012, the Department of Fire Services was transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs due to the nature of work and to be in accord with the contemporary situations, and so there are only two departments left under this ministry---the Social Welfare Department and Relief and Resettlement Department.
There are 265 Officer and 2876 Staff(Total 3141) under the Ministry.According to the need of the civil servants, the Ministry increased the office in Division Region and Training school for two departments.On 2015 March 31, the Ministry has 620 Officer and 4314 Staff (total 4934) were present.
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement have 620 officials, 4314 staffs and total 4934 with the extension of the organization set up for the development of administrative mechanism on 1st April 2015.
On 10th March 2016, Department of Social Welfare extended its organization set up and the Ministry have the officials were 624, staffs were 4632 and total was 5256.
Both of two departments, Department of Social Welfare and Relief and Resettlement Department were extended their organization set up on 6th July 2017. So there were 1965 officials, 14614 staffs and the total was 16579.
On 31st January 2018, under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Department of Rehabilitation was established with the staffs from the existing two departments. Moreover the name of Relief and Resettlement Department was changed to Disaster Management Department.
So the following are the current organization set up of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement,
To fulfill the social needs of the citizens of the Republic of Union of Myanmar and to conduct the Disaster Management activities in accordance with the international standards
The goal is to transform the University of Yangon as the one of the excellent academic institution, where people can learn world class education. The goal will bring beneficial for the future generation and national interest of the state. It is a long and delicate process. During the process, financial, technical and human resources will be essential to realize the goal.
The resources can be realized through voluntary contribution, international cooperation and donation. The most important source is its greatest asset- alumni .It is believed that old graduates of the University of Yangon are willing to see the golden image of their university again and want to be proud of its bright future. It is true that they are the most powerful resource of necessary contribution for renovating and upgrading University of Yangon.
UNICEF has been working in Myanmar continuously since April 1950. Despite difficult political and economic circumstances, UNICEF helped to successfully initiate programmes to protect children against small pox, leprosy and yaws. Over time, UNICEF expanded its programs to support the development of rural health services, basic education for children, and community water supply and sanitation systems. UNICEF also advocated for Myanmar's accession to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which the government ratified in the 1990s.
For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been working to positively change the lives of Myanmar’s children. Through its strong working relationship with the Government of Myanmar over the decades and significant engagement with other stakeholders, UNICEF is positioning itself to continue and strengthen its efforts to improve children’s lives.
The ongoing political and economic reform process including decentralization provides a good opportunity for UNICEF to continue working with Government and other partners and achieve major gains for all children. The current country programme (2011-2017) was extended in 2015 along with that of other UN agencies in agreement with the Government of Myanmar. It aims at delivering key results at various - policy, systems, and community - levels, tapping into the new opportunities provided by various reforms to accelerate results for children, especially the most marginalized.
In this context, UNICEF support focuses on strengthening systems in education, health and nutrition, WASH and child protection and making them accessible to the most disadvantaged, including through opportunities generated by decentralization and the need to promote social cohesion. It supports capacity building at Union, State and Townships levels to develop and implement plans and budgets for children. UNICEF also supports the Government of Myanmar’s response to the needs of children affected by conflict and natural hazards, and invest in preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience building strategies with focus on children in needs. The current momentum of engagement in various sector reforms will continue, and support continues to be provided towards the development of policies and legislation that will enable wider and accelerated realisation of children’s rights.
UNICEF systematically implements a comprehensive advocacy strategy to influence a range of decision makers and other relevant audiences. UNICEF has identified 5 office-wide advocacy priorities for the period 2014-2017: increasing public finance for children; protecting and promoting the rights of all children in Rakhine State; children affected by armed conflict; the first 1000 days of a child’s life; and children with disabilities.
UNICEF works on the ground for programme implementation directly through the government departments and through a number of international and local non-governmental organizations and faith based organizations, and from its 10 field offices and outposts positioned throughout the country.
UNICEF’s mandate is anchored in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its work is concerned with the fulfilment of the rights of every child, everywhere, and at all times- regardless of ethnicity, race, citizenship status of their parents, socio-economic status or ability.
Sino-Myanmar joint venture is called the Upstream Ayeyawady Confluence Basin Hydropower Co., Ltd., or ‘ACHC’ for short. Registered as a company in Nay Pyi Taw in 2010 in order to being together government and private sector expertise so that could share technical know-how, access to investment, breadth of experience and commitment to socially responsible development.
Not only harvesting the best from the fusion of government and private enterprise, enhancing cross-border cooperation between neighbours is created.These realities are reflected in ownership structure. Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) owns 15% of ACHC and one of Myanmar’s largest business groups, Asia World Company (AWC), owns 5%. CPI Yunnan International Power Investment Company Ltd has the remaining 80% shareholding. This combination allows ACHC to create valuable, long-term assets that, after fifty years of operation, will become 100% Myanmar-owned.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation is the government ministry of Myanmar, founded by the combination of Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry by President Htin Kyaw.
Greenovator is a social entreprise launched on the 1st of May 2011 in Yangon, Myanmar. It was founded by three core members that all graduated from the same alma mater at Yezin Agricultural University. All three of them share a passion and commitment in promoting sustainable agricultural production, the use of natural resources and environment conservation.
Our values describe what Greenovator really means and our values themselves are the brand of Ours.
(1) Accountability: Our actions and words make us.
(2) Creativity: We will always try to see what the others do not.
(3) Quality: Our quality is our life, success and everything. We will always keep our services and products in the highest quality.
DMH transferred to Ministry of Communications, Posts and Telegraphs from the Ministry of Transport and Communication on 3 February 1992. On 20 August 1999, DMH transferred to the Ministry of Transport.
Independent Burma Meteorological Department (BMD) was established on 1 April 1937. International Meteorological Organization (IMO) was established in 1873. Union of Myanmar became member of IMO in January 1938. BMD was re-organized on 23 October 1972 and renamed as Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) in the year 1974. Myanmar Daily Weather Report was issued since 1 June 1947. At that time, DMH is under the administration of the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
Objectives of the DMH
Objectives of the DMH is as follows:
The Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) is an independent and not-for-profit network organization.
The objective is to raise the priority of tackling water security issues highlighted in the development agenda in the Asia-Pacific region in order to improve people's livelihoods and the environment.
We work collaboratively with a wide variety of water-related organizations in the region to build capacity and enhance cooperation, while boosting investment at the regional level and beyond.
The Japan Water Forum has maintained a role as the Secretariat of the APWF ever since its launch.
AVPN is a unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high impact philanthropy and social investment community across Asia. We are an advocate, capacity builder, and platform that cuts across sectors to improve the effectiveness of members across the Asia Pacific region.
River and Coastal Shapers
“If a man fails to honor the rivers, he shall not gain the life from them.”
Rivers are dynamic. The flow of a river, and the amount of water in a river, changes. The form or shape of a river changes and so does coastal region. A large proportion of the world's population live and work near coasts and rivers. Rivers and coasts make perfect artistical paintings on natural canvas called, the Earth. Creating the comfort zone within the environment is one of the survival instincts for human being.
Rivers were crucial to the survival of early civilizations because they were responsible for providing a source of water, irrigation for good farmland and a way for people to trade with other people through water transportation. Similarly, in a recent decade, rivers are still precious to human being. Considering about sedimentation, freshwater, sanitation has significant factors till now.
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, especially in coastal regions due to economic status and trading. Growing world’s population has demanded to create more living space in coastal region. Land Reclamation is one of the options to allocate upcoming populations. To withstand storm that is usually coming from the ocean, it makes sure to support the coastal regions’ strength and capacity.
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.
GGGI supports its member governments to achieve the commitments expressed under the Paris Climate Agreement, and their Sustainable Development Goal targets.
GGGI works with in-country governments across Ministries and Departments as a trusted and neutral advisor to explore the value of green growth opportunities in the context of the country’s own growth and development goals.
GGGI’s objective in Myanmar is to strengthen the government’s institutional framework for NDC implementation by assessing green growth potential and priorities, and developing necessary tools and capacity.
Myanmar Industrial Port (MIP) Container Terminal and Inland Container Depot of Myanmar Annawa Swan-er-shin Group (S) Co Ltd (MAS) was formally opened on 4th January 2003.
This national, privately-owned port was founded with the guidance and assistance of the Head of State. The ministry had permitted private entrepreneurs to undertake port services in cooperation with local and foreign investors, as long as the services are in accord with the Myanmar Investment Law. MIP was built with MAS as the sole investor, with MAS funding and overseeing the port construction and operations 100%.
MIP's main business is the handling of containers and other port services on an international level. It has been incredibly successful at what it does; expanding tremendously in just over a decade. It has also diversified and expanded its portfolio with many new ventures and assets.
Water in the city is mainly focused on infrastructure development, urban design and transportation framework which include as a major factor in developing Yangon. Moreover, urbanization become more and more complex and manifold, these four main topics are particularly spotlights of water-related development:
As the chaotic traffic in the city worsens every day and commuters are forced to waste valuable time in transit, Yangon is calling for “River Transport” which could save time and also can lead to lower air pollution. To help reduce transportation time and traffic jams, it is critical for authorities to make better use of the city’s waterways. Navigation channels are needed to be upgraded not only for transporting commuters but also for transporting goods. If the waterways can take more container transport, this could help alleviate traffic in downtown Yangon, where heavy trucks ship containers in and out of the city throughout the day.
Heavy monsoon rain causes serious flooding in Yangon every rainy season. People in Yangon also suffer floods caused by the inadequate drainage system. Floods caused by heavy rains block the road networks, resulting in the traffic jams. People have to use main roads as there are no platforms to walk. Roads in Yangon are also in need of maintenance. The height of roads in Yangon grows higher due to the resurfacing of damaged roads. Water flows into the houses when there are heavy rains. The government needs to effectively deal with this problem by laying down a master plan to use a large sum of money on the drainage system and roads and bridges.
Yangon is suffering flooding every monsoon due to climate change and increased urban development. It is essential to design Yangon as a flood-proof city and give space for water to live in. As there are some unused and empty spaces in Yangon, they can be revitalized as rainwater reservoirs and even as water parks which serve as recreation spot. Construction of rooftop gardens and permeable roads that store runoff will also reduce the amount of rainwater runoff. But the vision of flood-resilient Yangon can only be achieved when there is coordination among stakeholders, governments, and citizens.
Current projections of rapid expansion of urban areas present fundamental challenges to design more livable, healthy and resilient Yangon. Integrating ecosystem services including green spaces such as parks, urban forests, vacant lots, gardens and blue spaces like streams, lakes, ponds, artificial swales, and storm water retention ponds into urban development would be a ‘no-regret’ investment for Yangon. The cooling effect of trees from urban parks may contribute significantly to reduce the rising temperatures of the city in summer. And also the ponds and reservoirs will collect rainwater and prevent flooding during the time of heavy rains.
- Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited (ITD) and
- Rojana Industrial Park Public Company Limited (ROJANA)
ITD possess long-term experiences of construction, the completion of more than 1,500 projects such as Suvarnbhumi International Airport, LaemChabang Ports and Map Ta Phut Port and Industrial Estates, and a long outstanding track record of civil works and project development. The company is Thailand’s No.1 contractor of infrastructure for over 50 years.
ROJANA has a reputation in developing the designed full fledge industrial parks in Thailand, accompanying with quality services and professional management such as those in Industrial Park in Ayutthaya, Rayong, and Prachinburi.MIE is to develop the Dawei Industrial Estate and related Infrastructure and Utilities, together with Township under the synergy of the professional management team and the specialized advisors.
The Netherlands has demonstrated its capacity to apply its knowledge in the learning–by–doing projects and to develop an Integrated Strategy for the Ayeyarwady Delta. We are also helping to build capacity for the further development of Myanmar. We facilitate student scholarships and apprenticeships for young workers in the field of water management in Myanmar.
Myanmar recognizes Dutch expertise related to water, and the government has specifically requested the Netherlands to assist. The challenges in Myanmar and the Netherlands, both low lying delta’s, are very similar and so is the need for integrated water management in both countries. Many challenges means many opportunities for the Dutch water sector, not only in water management, but also in water sanitation, waste water treatment, drinking water, dredging, port developments, water transport, urban development, water & food, water & energy and water & industries.
More information: https://www.myanmarwaterportal.com/repository/business/21-myanmar-netherlands-magazine.html
Ayer Shwe Wah is one of the largest conglomerates in Myanmar with a diversified portfolio across different business sectors - oil & gas distribution, construction, transportation & logistics and hotels & tourism. Since our founding in 1999, we have been contributing to Myanmar’s economic growth and development.
At the core of Ayer Shwe Group, sustainability through social responsibility is our main priority. Our CSR strategy is centred on four pillars: responsible environment practices, customer relation improvement, continuous employee and community development.
We aim to create value by following business practices that conservers and have minimal impact on the environment. We also practice corporate policies that include OSHA guidelines to mitigate work place related injuries and improve employee safety standards. In addition, we embrace diversity in staffing by welcoming recruitments from different ethnicity and gender backgrounds.
By committing our corporate resources for Myanmar’s society, environment, and culture, we intend to become a catalyst for positive change in our country’s socioeconomic development.
- Contribution made to community development in Darka Township, Ayeyarwady region by providing 3 acres of land degsinated for a Fire Station and a Hospital.
- Delivery of 5 brand new fire trucks.
- Delivery of 3 Ambulances equipped latest EMR medical equipment.
- Construction of canalization for embankment, irrigation canal and drainage canal to prevent flooding into the farmlands totaling up to 70 miles worth of development.
- Development of 30 primary schools to provide much needed education across different regions in Myanmar.
- Over 18 years of contribution to social welfare programs in accordance with government’s policy.
- Strict adherence and compliance with Governement's Federal Tax policies, rules and regulations.
- Contribution of 700 workers to redevelopment of Labutta Township ravaged by Cyclone Nargis by reconstructing roads and buildings.
- Construction of wells for religious institutions in remote areas with limited or no access to drinkable water.
- Annual contribution to several social, religioius and healthcare community development efforts throughout the country.
TAHAL uniquely delivers integrated development projects in the water, wastewater, agriculture, solid waste and natural gas segments.
Since its establishment in 1952, TAHAL has successfully implemented hundreds of sustainable projects worldwide.
TAHAL is a one-stop provider of comprehensive end-to-end services covering project initiation, financing management, implementation, and operations of turn-key projects. Leveraging its international track record, expert know-how, and extensive industry partnerships, TAHAL implements cost-effective solutions to help clients optimize their strategic infrastructure development projects.
TAHAL uniquely delivers integrated solutions across the fields of:
- Water Resources: take into account all regional water resources to optimize utilization for current and evolving agricultural, industrial and residential usage.
- Wastewater: maintain proven expertise in the implementation of state-of-the-art wastewater projects – including those based on membrane bioreactor (MBR).
- Agriculture: deliver integrated agriculture development projects that provide long-term value.
- Solid waste: deliver comprehensive yet eco-friendly solid waste projects.
- Natural gas: implemented tens of projects involving natural gas storage and conveyance.