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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:
Email: [email protected]
Tel/WA: Frodo van Oostveen, +95 (0)9423793908
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.
The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century. SEI works to shift policy and practice towards sustainability.
- International – SEI is distributed across nine locations around the world, works locally, regionally and globally, and has a diverse international staff.
- Trusted – both policy-makers and the academic community recognize SEI as an independent and non-partisan institute.
- Credible – SEI’s research is objective, and supported by a rigorous system of internal and external peer review.
- Integrated – only joined-up research can solve joined-up problems. SEI places a strong emphasis on making connections across the natural, physical, and social sciences, allowing us to approach sustainability challenges from new angles and offer robust and insightful policy advice.
"The Project for Capacity Development in Basic Water Environmental Management and EIA System in Myanmar", will be implemented by Environmental Conservation Department (ECD), Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project activities in Myanmar started in June 2015, and will last until May 2018.
The purposes of the Project are to obtain enough capacity for developing basic water pollution control measures based on the acquired and analyzed information, and to establish institutional framework of the EIA review. Five (5) Japanese Experts will be dispatched to ECD to work in close cooperation with its staff both in office and on site. The team of Experts will also work closely with the officials of Pollution Control and Cleansing Department and Water and Sanitation Department of YCDC and Water Supply and Sanitation Department of MCDC.
The project activities are divided into two components: namely (i) the water environment management component and (ii) the EIA component. Among the six outputs of the project, the water environment management component covers standardization of environmental inspection (Output 1), water quality survey (Output 2), development of databases of pollution sources and river water quality (Output 3), and interpretation of information for water pollution control measures (Output 4).
Activities of the water environment management component of the project are being implemented in three cities in Myanmar, namely Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. The water quality component has two target areas, Hlaing River basin in Yangon and Doke Hta Waddy River basin in Mandalay. These areas were selected to investigate the impact of industrial effluent from industrial zones on water quality of rivers.
In Myanmar, UN-Habitat is supporting technical assistance to several line ministries and stakeholders in policy and strategy development and training in the areas of Urban Planning & Management, National Building Codes Development, Urban Planning Guidelines, City Development Strategy, Training & Capacity Building, National Housing Policy formulation, Land Administration and Management, Urban Research and Poverty Reduction, State of the Environment Report, Long Term Restoration and Conservation Plan of Inlay Lake and Myanmar Climate Change Alliance Project.
In February 2016 the Myanmar’s cabinet approved a plan for a suspended bridge which will link Yangon, the country’s main economic center, with the underdeveloped Dala Township. Due to the increasing housing demand combined with the growing land price in Yangon, a rapid urbanization is expected to take place in Dala after the construction of the bridge.
Our mission is to lay the foundation for an innovative approach for a sustainable urban development of Dala which can be set as an example for other analogous cases around the world. In September and October we will be working on this project on site in Yangon.
In collaboration with the local university and professionals, we will explore a series of designs and institutional solutions for a sustainable integration of the following aspects:
- Water urban infrastructures
- Transport system
- Institutional measures
FAO in Myanmar sets out seven priorities for collaboration: 1) Increased agricultural production to enhance food security; 2) Improved food safety and quality; 3) Sustainable management of natural resources and the environment; 4) Land use and land management improvements; 5) Human resource development and institutional capacity building; 6) Rural livelihoods improvement; 7) Preparedness for and mitigation of disasters and climate change.
Funded by the Government of Italy, an FAO project is helping to build sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture livelihoods in coastal mangrove ecosystems in the Ayeyarwady Delta. Since 2010, FAO has worked with 20 communities in villages along the Bogale River, supporting local institutions to jointly implement and co-manage sustainable small-scale fisheries and aquaculture ventures. The project has focused on the Ayeyarwady Delta partly because of the heavy exploitation of fishery resources in that area and also to support populations still rebuilding their livelihoods after Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
Proximity Designs is an award-winning, social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar. We design and deliver affordable, income-boosting products and services that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families. Founded in 2004, our products and services have improved the lifestyles, and boosted the incomes of over 250,000 rural people across the country. To reach scale, and maximize impact, we apply a business model, and design thinking, to our mission. We believe this to be the most sustainable, and effective way of helping people gets more money. And that’s ultimately what we want, more money in the pockets of the rural poor, for them to decide what to do with.
CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector. In Myanmar, there are a number of CGIAR centers including IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) and IWMI (International Water Management Institute) which are working in collaboration with government departments on promoting sustainable growth of aquaculture to improve food security, nutrition and income for communities in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta and Central Dry Zone.
HydroNumerics Pty Ltd was founded in 2010 to deliver innovative engineering services that support proactive management of water resources using technologies generated from two decades of research and development. Our team has extensive experience delivering services to local and international clients across the globe. We deliver software and services to utility, government, consultant, academic and industry clients across the globe and nurture relationships that provide lasting value to their business.
Founded in 2009, James Davidson Architect (JDA) is a Brisbane based architectural studio which intimately links design practice, research consultancy and community development activities. Our work encompasses a diversity of project scales ranging from boutique residential to larger institutional projects, building in particular on the practice’s collective expertise in all areas of architecture ranging from one-off residential projects through to multi-res, interiors, cultural/public buildings and urban design.
We have a history of community engagement, including previously leading the Queensland office of Emergency Architects Australia and becoming deeply involved in their 2011 flood relief activities which continues to inform our urban design and residential practice work. The practice is a leader in innovative architectural approaches to practice and design with a focus on flooding and climate change adaptation having completed a range of experimental flood resilient houses in Brisbane. We have also recently completed a number of projects internationally.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.
Following Cyclone Nargis, a large number of national and international NGOs established the Local Resource Centre (LRC) to assist local communities and civil society groups in the collective effort for relief and rehabilitation. The Burnet Institute led the establishment of LRC in collaboration with a broad partnership of organizations, including World Concern, the HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) and Oxfam. LRC was launched on May 15, 2008 to enable better coordination between local and international implementers, advocate on behalf of local groups, ensure access to capacity development services and ultimately strengthen the collaborative response to Cyclone Nargis between local and international organizations. Following the Nargis phase of operation (May 2008 – September 2010), LRC shifted its focus from disaster response to the holistic development of indigenous CSOs. LRC officially registered as a local NGO in May 2012.
Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.
We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.
We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
Based in four continents, our staff has expertise in big dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training and technical assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, banks, companies and international agencies. The focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Nazava is a social enterprise that aims to provide safe drinking water to everybody everywhere by selling the best and most affordable water filters. Worldwide 1.6 billion people drink water that is contaminated with bacteria from feces (e-coli). Others spend hundreds of dollars per month on boiling or buying water. We at Nazava believe that a small action can become a big change for the better. read the founder story of Nazava
Our water filters are designed to make your life easier and healthier. Nazava filters are designed in the Netherlands and remove 99.99% of bacteria from the water which means you can be assured that your family stays healthy. Nazava water purifiers store 16 liter of safe drinking water which means that you will never run out of safe drinking water. All the materials we use are virgin and food contact safe so you do not need to worry about BPA.
Our filters are so easy to use that they can be operated by a child. No need to worry about the price, our filters are very affordable and can save you hundreds of dollars a year. Our filters are being used by over 100,000 customers worldwide, so what are you waiting for? Order your Nazava water filter today
Nuffic is the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. It is an independent, non-profit organisation based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Nuffic plays an important role in fostering international cooperation in education between the Netherlands and other countries.
Nuffic is part of the Dutch education field. Its goal is to support Dutch institutions and the Dutch government in internationalisation activities. The focus of its service lies in the Netherlands, even though its mission extends beyond that. Nuffic cooperates with foreign partners, institutions and governments. The organisation dedicates itself primarily to the Dutch knowledge economy, but at the same time it stimulates capacity building in developing countries.
The project “Capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) inMyanmar” is funded by Nuffic and implemented by TU Delft, Unesco-IHE and Deltares and will be half way in August 2017. In those first 2 years’ staff of two universities (YTU and MMU) are strengthened, curricula and courses of the universities in Water Resources Engineering are adapted and new type of educational methods are introduced. This capacity building project is being conducted parallel with other projects of the Dutch water sector in Myanmar.
Impact Terra is a fast growing start-up technology company. We at Impact Terra develop and implement mobile solutions for farmers, agribusinesses and other agricultural stakeholders. Our mission is to improve the livelihoods of rural population and improve food security and safety.
We use smartphones and our proprietary mobile app platform to support millions of farmers, retailers, and other users in their daily business and information requirements. As Myanmar is leapfrogging from no to full connectivity and 100% smartphone use, we believe we can have an incredible positive impact on the lives of millions of people. We work with NGOs, CSOs and other parties to provide users with the information they need.
Our Golden Paddy platform (“Shwe Thee Nhan”) provides users with an easy-to-use visual interface and real-time and targeted content such as weather forecast, input product prices, crop market prices, product information, farming best practices, news, risk announcements, financing and more. Currently Golden Paddy operates through three different channels; a mobile application, mobile website and Facebook page.
The first global environmental consultancy to establish operations in Myanmar, Ramboll Environ has been delivering high-end solutions and advice to clients throughout Asia for more than 25 years. Recent changes in Myanmar have led to an emerging regulatory framework aimed at ensuring environmental protection and sustainable development. Our in-country and regional experts provide critical support to clients as they establish operations in the country.
We offer a comprehensive array of strategic and technical consulting services to help clients assess and manage the environmental, health, safety and sustainability issues associated with their activities and products across a broad range of commercial sectors including mining, oil and gas, agri-business, transportation, manufacturing and energy generation and distribution.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries.
One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.
Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.
In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.
SIWI's vision is a water wise world, where we recognize the value of water, and ensure that it is shared and allocated sustainably, equitably and efficiently, to meet everyone’s basic needs.
Through applied research, policy consultation, capacity-building, and connecting key actors across sectors, SIWI stimulates the development of innovative policies and scientifically-based solutions to water-related challenges.
- 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.
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.