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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.
Myint & Associates Offshore Supply Base Ltd. ( M&AOSB ) is a subsidiary of Myint & Associates Co. Ltd and a member of the MPRL E&P Group of Companies. It is the first privately owned Myanmar company to conduct business as a service contractor in the oil & gas sector of Myanmar since 1989. Since its foundation, M&AOSB has proven itself to be a leading service provider and a specialist service contractor for a broad range of services specifically tailored for international oil companies and their main contractors operating in Myanmar. M&AOSB is developing a worldclass offshore supply base in Nga Yoke Kaung.
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.
Myanmar Water Partnership (MmWP) is one of the Country Water Partnerships (CWP) of the GWP Network. It is one of the country members of the Global Water Partnership - South East Asia (GWP-SEA). It liaises with its partner organisations composed of governmental departments, agencies, services, academic and research institutions, business, social entities, professional associations, NGOs and water users in the water sector and its related management areas. It is made up of all GWP partners in Myanmar and who abide by the GWP network principles and values. The principal objective of MmWP is to promote the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach in Myanmar so as to ensure the sustainable management of water resources.
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.
DHI is an international software development and engineering consultant firm which specializes in hydraulic and hydrological modeling software. While independent, DHI is associated with the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (da) and maintains a partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme focused on management of water resources. DHI has about 30 offices throughout the world with software development centres in Singapore, Hørsholm, and Denmark.
Our expertise spans across all water environments — from rivers and reservoirs, to oceans and coastlines, to cities and factories. We have a 50-year track record in developing and implementing solutions that meet real-life challenges in water environments world over. So whether you need to save water, share it fairly, improve its quality, quantify its impact or manage its flow, we can help.
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 International WaterCentre (IWC) provides education and training, applied research and knowledge services to implement a whole-of-water cycle approach and develop capacity in integrated water resource management.
Integrated water management approach for:
- Sustainable urban communities
- Healthy river basins
- Water, sanitation and hygiene
Founded by four leading Australian universities and supported by a network of 170 partners and associates worldwide, the IWC provides a breadth of expertise and experience rarely found in a single organisation.
We provide advice on sustainable solutions to issues facing the management of our water resources, rivers and catchments, and the communities that rely on them. We are a national leader in design, development and delivery of projects that make a positive impact on our catchments and waterways and the communities that rely on them. We work with corporations, governments, foundations, investors, and communities to generate long lasting environmental, social, and economic benefits. We specialise in providing science-based advice and services to catchment and water-related environmental issues. We work across both urban and rural sectors.
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.
The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business is an initiative to encourage responsible business activities throughout Myanmar. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). Based in Yangon, it aims to provide a trusted, impartial forum for dialogue, seminars, and briefings to relevant parties as well as access to international expertise and tools. The Centre facilitates dialogue and processes aimed at building national and local capacity and partnerships on business and human rights related issues. MCRB has also undertaken research and published sector-wide impact assessments on the oil and gas, tourism, and information and communications technologies (ICT) sectors.
We design solutions that improve private and public space in Yangon for the benefit of families, the community and the city at large. Key in our model are Yangon’s home-owners and residents, whom we help to become aware of the value and potential of historical, cultural, social and natural assets in the city and whom we make central agents in our design processes in order to ensure local ownership and impact. Four principles are key to our work: 1) local leadership and user-centeredness, 2) Asset-based and creative, 3) ecological sustainability and 4) financial viability.
Doh Eain is registered as a company and as a non-profit. We rely on and apply a diversified set of financing methods, working with clients, loans and grants for revenue generating and non-revenue generating activities.
MIID is a non-profit institute based in Yangon, Myanmar. They work in collaboration with government, communities, local CSOs/NGOs, international organizations, and technical specialists to strengthen capacities, governance processes, knowledge bases, and intervention models for integrated development. Their aim is to promote participation and inclusion of ethnic communities in Myanmar’s economic, social and political transition by supporting a people-centered and sustainable approach to economic and social development.
International partners of MIID are: Cornell University (New York), DANIDA, GIZ, International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), OXFAM, UNICEF, WFP, and Winrock International.
Deltares is an independent, institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad.
Mandalay Urban Services Improvement Project (MUSIP) aims to improve access to sustainable water and sanitation services in Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar, and to enhance the service provision capacity of Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC).
The general objective of the project is to assist MCDC in its strategy to turn Mandalay into a Green City, with a particular focus on improved environmental performance, equity in service provision and improved finances. More specifically, the project aims to provide a reliable and sustainable public water service in Mandalay. Another key objective is to improve access to sanitation and reduce the amount of wastewater discharged directly into the environment and to enhance local capacities for public services management.
The project, which results from a feasibility study co-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), will be divided into three components - aimed at achieving the goals outlined above.
MUSIP supports the AIF objective of promoting a green economy through its contribution to sustainable water resource management, by sustaining the groundwater table, improving the efficiency of water use and reducing pollution. The project will also have a social impact by increasing access to clean drinking water and sanitation. By improving the drainage system in the city, the MUSIP project will also have an environmental impact, by reducing the frequency and intensity of flooding.
Technological University (Pathein) is situated at the Apin-ne-se village which is in Pathein District, the Ayeyawady Division, Myanmar. It was opened on 27 December 1999. The university is run by Ministry of Education (Myanmar). Vision: To become internationally recognized, high-ranking University that educates highly qualified Engineers and Architects in building the nation towards the developed Myanmar.
We are an Australian Government owned not-for-profit organization. We offer capacity building, modelling tools, technical support services and a community of practice to support integrated water resource management, and water management governance. Our main role is to support the implementation and use of eWater Source as the National Hydrological Modelling Platform in Australia. To that end, our government owners contract us to provide these ‘adoption’ services in support of the Australian Council of Australian Government's (COAG) National Hydrological Modelling Strategy. This includes provision of long term maintenance and improvements to Source, and providing technical support and training.
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.
Sweco plans and designs the communities and cities of the future. We do this by offering qualified services in the fields of consulting engineering, environmental technology and architecture. Sweco is established in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland and Turkey. Sweco carries out tens of thousands of projects in some 70 countries worldwide to ensure clean water, efficient infrastructure and sustainable energy solutions.
In Myanmar, Sweco is involved in carrying out a joint preliminary Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) together with Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) for Bagan River Beautification project.
Despite of having long coastline, Myanmar is lack with deep sea ports and there are a lot of challenges in the country’s port development. Besides, the main operating ports such as Thilawa and Yangon have problems. One of the constraints is a very limited draft which is a maximum of 9 meters. The second constraint is the presence of two bars in the waters around Yangon. The inner bar is very close to Yangon city center which limits the effectiveness of Yangon port while the outer bar at the mouth of the Andaman Sea restricts vessel movements to both ports. Therefore, deep sea ports should be developed based on the careful assessments on available opportunities and constraints the country facing now. As key functions of the Myanmar Water Community of Practice (CoP) are to influence decision makers and identify critical gaps and opportunities and elevate the issue of specific water challenges into a broader planning context, it is an ideal to use Community of Practice as a key collective for port development issues to be considered, discussed and resolved.
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.