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The Thaketa Climate Adaptation for Water Security Project is a 2-year pilot project aiming to design, implement and eval...

The Thaketa Climate Adaptation for Water Security Project is a 2-year pilot project aiming to design, implement and evaluate a variety of climate adaptation interventions in the Thaketa township in Yangon, Myanmar.


In the pilot project, the partners will establish an innovative network-driven stakeholder participation process for designing and implementing different types of climate adaptation interventions, based on the social innovation approach from one of the most successful, innovative climate adaptation programs in the Netherlands: Amsterdam Rainproof. The project will be supported by community awareness and education campaigns and capacity building for YCDC staff.


The pilot project is undertaken at the request of the Yangon Region Government and Yangon City Development Committee and funded together by the consortium partners (below), the Yangon Region Government and the Dutch Government (Partners poor Water program).


The companies working together in the Thaketa project consortium are: The Water Agency (lead), Doh Eain, Infram, Witteveen+Bos, Resilience, World Waternet, U.Minds and Water Bridge Myanmar.


For more information about the project, please contact Gregor van Essen, Project Director, at [email protected].


 

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    U Myint Oo – Drainage and Wastewater Management Authority (Member)
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  • The Thaketa Climate Adaptation for Water Security project is co-funded by the Dutch government "Partners voor Water" program. Website:  http://www.partnersvoorwater.nl (Dutch only).
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