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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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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.
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.
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.
Thai public organization that cooperates with the neighboring countries in economic and social development to expand trade and investment opportunities among Thailand and its neighboring countries. Regarding the future direction, NEDA will promote the project to develop the special economic zone in Dawei, Myanmar, which will link the production network/value chains in the region and will help expand ASEAN trade to South Asia and the West. NEDA is also in partner with ADB and JICA.
The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), called Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. in Dutch, is a bilateral private-sector development bank based in the Hague, the Netherlands. It is licensed as a bank, under the supervision of the Dutch Central Bank.
Our role extends beyond financing, as we help businesses to operate and grow transparently in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. We do so by investing time, capacity and resources in further understanding how their business and industry – and thus our financing – affect the welfare of local people and the surrounding environment.
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.
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.
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.
A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We strive for a world where all people are heard, capable and vibrant.
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.
"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.
The project is the bilateral cooperation between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) that aims at financing the improvement of water service management in Tarmwe Township in Yangon. The project will last until 2018.
The project seeks to implement a technical and commercial management model for the municipality’s water service in the pilot district of Tarmwe in order to address the issue of “non-revenue water” that refers to water that is lost before reaching the customer (physical losses) or unaccounted for (commercial losses).
The project has three components: firstly, equipping the pilot district with the necessary measurement tools for water service management; secondly, strengthening the district water service capacities; and thirdly, providing management tools that allow the replication of such model in other districts of the city. Yangon City Development Committee will implement the project with the support of a technical operator to be selected through a tendering procedure.
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.
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.
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.
Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with over 130 years of experience. We use both technology and the power of natural forces and resources to create sustainable solutions that safeguard the quality and security of our water, to mitigate against flood risks and address water scarcity. Royal HaskoningDHV opened its office in Yangon in 2013.
Satelligence cares about data, because we care about the planet. Forests disappear, population growth increases demand on food production and climate change challenges everything.
The Satelligence team has extensive experience in remote sensing, natural resource management, GIS, computer vision and machine learning. Moreover, with staff working around the globe, we know what’s going on in the field. Satelligence specializes in providing highly detailed, semi-automated satellite-based insights and actionable results over large areas. Satelligence has world class expertise on scalable processing of radar and optical satellite images to assess patterns and trends in forests, agriculture and water. We deliver smart forest & commodity analytics to verify, predict and decide.
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If you are interested in our services contact us (Jet Greevink, country manager Myanmar, [email protected])
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.
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
The Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) is an initiative for research and policy engagement bringing together research partners working on sustainable development in the countries of the Mekong Region: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
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.
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.
Technological University (Hmawbi) is located on the east of the Yangon- Pyay Highways Road, near in Hmawbi Township, Yangon Region. On 20 January 2007, it was successfully upgraded as a Technological University (Hmawbi) also called TU (Hmawbi).