The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading institute for basic and applied research on marine and freshwaters. The institute’s research comprises a wide array of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. NIVA’s world-class expertise is multidisciplinary with a broad scientific scope. We combine research, monitoring, evaluation, problem-solving and advisory services at international, national and local levels.
The long term development goal of the project “IWRM - Institutional Building and Training” which is collaboration between NIVA and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) is to contribute significantly to the implementation of well-functioning Integrated Water Resources Management at the national level in Myanmar. The Irrigation, Water Utilization and Management Department (IWUMD) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) under the Ministry of Transport are members of the steering group of the project together with MONREC.
JICA is working to meet the needs for infrastructure to promote economic development, as well as implement an economic reform program as assistance to reform the economy through capacity development. JICA is also planning to provide cooperation for urban development in Yangon, along with port and transportation network infrastructure, as support that will lead to economic growth.
The Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge is an exciting program in which university students and young professionals are invited to investigate key water problems in their own country and cooperate with professionals experts to develop their own ideas and solutions. The program specifically appeals to the interests, skills and capabilities of young people and challenges them to apply their own original and independent thinking.
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.
For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us:
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Tel/WA: Frodo van Oostveen, +95 (0)9423793908
IWUMD is a governmental organization under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI). Main responsibility of IWUMD is sustainable operation and maintenance of (Irrigation) water management. Another responsibility of IWUMD is operation and maintenance of flood protection embankments and polders system all over the country. IWUMD operates, maintains and manages 581 irrigation facilities and 479 flood protection and drainage facilities in the country. IWUMD has been actively engaged in water development planning and the furtherance of irrigation for food security.
IWT is a state owned enterprise under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Union of Myanmar, operating the functions on transportation in inland waterways. IWT is performing the following main functions: (1) Operating passenger cum cargo transport along the navigable waterways of Delta areas, the Ayeyarwady river, the Chindwin river and rivers in Mon, Karean and Rakhine states in Myanmar (2) Operating ferry services at major river crossing points for the convenient transport of vehicles.
The MPA is a government agency under the authority of Ministry of Transport and Communications - with the responsibility to regulate and administer the coastal ports. MPA is solely responsible for port planning under the direction of MOTC. System of fund-raising for port development are : (1) 100 % National investment (2) 100% Investment under Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basic by foreign and/or local investors (3) Joint-Venture between MPA and foreign and/or local investors (4) Grant aids or soft loan financed by international financial institute.
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Waterways Department was organized and founded in 1972 by combining the Dredging and River Conservancy sections of Department of Marine Administration, Ministry of Transport and Communication and parts of Hydrographic Surveying section of Port Corporation, Ministry of Transport and Communications.
In 1999, the Department was extended and reorganized as the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems.
As the part of cooperation between Myanmar and the Netherland according to the MoU for cooperation in the field of Integrated Water Resources Management signed in May 2013, the second Joint Steering Committee (JSC) between Myanmar and Netherlands was held and Multiannual Working Plan was signed on 17th November 2014 at DWIR office in Yangon, Myanmar. Mr. Peter Heij, NL Competent Authority of the MoU, Director General of the Directorate for Spatial Development and Water Affairs, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, handed over the Executive Summary of Myanmar Integrated Water Resources Management Strategic Study “From Vision to Acction” to U Htun Lwin Oo, Myanmar Competent Authority of the MoU, Secretary of National Water Resources Committee - NWRC, Director General of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems, Ministry of Transport.
Element of the Working Programme identified for the cooperation between Myanmar and the Netherlands are -
- IWRM data collection, information and modelling activities;
- Capacity building (Universities and training facilities);
- Knowledge transfer and advice by High Level Expert Team IWRM;
- Strategic study on implementation of IWRM and follow-up activities in Myanmar;
- From identification of possibilities for concrete projects “no regret” to ‘learning by doing projects’.
The Ayeyarwady Delta is a very complex and vulnerable system, facing impacts of climate change and future socio-economic developments. Myanmar and the Netherlands are working step by step together in the development of an Integrated Ayeyarwady Delta Strategy (IADS).
The Myanmar Water CoP stimulates peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and learning between local and international water experts and empowers local ownership. It becomes a Body of Knowledge and - as a collective - will act as a Facilitator and Connector to help water experts to be part of the process.
The CoP provides a connection between existing groups and provides a key place for water issues related matters to be considered, discussed and resolved.
Key functions of the CoP are:
- Sharing information on specific water management issue through expert meetings and seminars
- Providing commentary and critique on key water programs in Myanmar such as flooding and river transport
- Influence decision makers and identify critical gaps and opportunities
- Elevate the issue of specific water challenges into a broader planning context
As the Myanmar Water CoP is driven by local ownership, it focuses on the water challenges as presented by the local experts. This offers a unique and valuable insight into the issues that really matter to people locally, who owns them, what approaches are considered, how these are prioritised, etc. International experts participate at the invitation of the local hosts.