Conserving biodiversity in the Chindwin River Basin in Myanmar

How is the issue of biodiversity conservation perceived in Myanmar in terms of economic development, livelihoods and policy? Where are the policy gaps?  Source: sei.org Given Myanmar's rapid economic development in recent years, the Chindwin Basin faces unplanned and unmanaged changes occur­rin...
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SEA Of The Hydropower Sector In Myanmar Resources

SEA – Final Report For Stakeholder Review The SEA Final Report recommends a balance between hydropower development and natural resource protection in each major river basin in Myanmar, contributing to the healthy functioning of these rivers for the next century and beyond. It also recommends im...
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First phase of Integrated Water Resources Management in Bago sub-basin area

​ ​The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management has been defined by the Global Water Partnership in 2011. In term, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize eco...
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Assessment on the National Water Policy of Myanmar

​The National Water Policy of Myanmar is summarized and briefly assessed with the following headings as per original report. The National Water Policy goal is to apply IWRM for sustainable development. The policy covers 2 broad areas such as (1) water resources management and (2) water res...
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The Environmental Conservation Rules - The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 50 / 2014

​This rule shall be called the Environmental Conservation Rule. This included  ​Titles and definition Formation of the Environmental Conservation Committee ​ Duties and Powers relating to the Environmental Conservation of the Ministry ​ Environmental Emergency ​ Environmental Quality Stand...
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The Science and Policy of Environmental Flows in Myanmar

​ A symposium and technical workshop - The Science and Policy of Environmental Flows in Myanmar was held on 15 th August 2018 at Inya Lake hotel by WWF Myanmar. U Cho Cho, chairman of NWRC Advisory Group and Professor Dr. Khin Than Yu, pro-rector of Yangon Technological University gave an opening an...
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The Water Risk Filter, a free online tool for wastewater assessment

​ When I attended 4 th Water Stewardship meeting organized by WWF Myanmar, I found out an incredible free online tool. You do not need to be a water expert to use it. It is designed to be easy to apply by non-water experts to assess both basin and operational water risk for industry. That's made me ...
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Water Stewardship 4th Meeting was kicked off

​ On 24 th of July 2018, the Water Stewardship Working Group organized 4 th working group meeting at WWF-Myanmar Office. The meeting purpose was to update all participants regarding their current water concerns and activities. Moreover, Hannah Baleta introduced a new tool, " Water Risk Filter ", an ...
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Introducing Free-Flowing Rivers Methodology in Myanmar

​ On 12 th of July 2018, World Wildlife Fund Myanmar (WWF – Myanmar) organized a Free-Flowing Rivers Workshop in Yangon. Free-Flowing Rivers can be quoted when they are connected in four following ways. 1 .  Longitudinally , a river should be connected between upstream and downstream. 2.  ...
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Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, National Water Resources Committee and World Bank’s Support: Bankable or Non-bankable?

​On July 2, Bangladesh's The Independent newspaper reported that the World Bank had stopped approving projects for Myanmar as part of international moves to pressure Nay Pyi Taw regarding the issues in Rakhine State. The story quoted Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith after his meeting with Worl...
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The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA)

6 July 2018 ( Updated) -  ​ The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) is one of the major knowledge outputs of the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project prepared by Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC). SOBA is an integrated environmental, social and economic ana...
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Key findings: Myanmar Living Conditions Survey 2017

5 July 18 - A joint report by the Central Statistical Organisation, the UNDP and the World Bank, reveals significant changes in living conditions in Myanmar over time. The key findings are: - The main changes in electrification are happening in Myanmar's villages, with almost all the growth in ...
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Meikhtila Lake Integrated Development Plan: Executive Summary

The Meikhtila Lake Integrated Development Plan (MLIDP) is one of the 'learning-by-doing' projects following from this IWRM Strategic Study. This MLIDP aims to provide an extensive overview of the stakeholders and existing policies relevant for Meikhtila Lake area. Additionally, a broad analysis...
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Concern voiced over industrial pollution of Myanmar’s Hlaing River

23 June 18 - Lab in-charge Dr. Aye Aye Win from Green Land Organization said that there was high content of iron in Hlaing River near Hlinetharyar and Shwepyithar industrial zones because of waste water released from these zones. "We found a high content of iron in the river water. And it ...
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Underground water to be used as reserve from 2025

​12 June 18 -  The Yangon population will have to reduce its use of underground water from 2025, as thereafter, such water will be used only as a reserve for emergencies, according to the advisory team of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC). The members of NWRC revealed this during a ...
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