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 World...

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Involvement of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in AIRBM - An interview with Dr. Lai Lai Aung

The Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) project has started in September 2015, with aid from World Bank ($100 million). It supports Myanmar to develop the institutions and tools for water resource management and implementation of integrated river basin management in the Ayeyarwady B...

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Introducing Free-Flowing Rivers Methodology in Myanmar

On 12th 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. Lateral...

92nd joint patrol on Mekong River a big success

​25 APR 2020 - Source: The Star - The 92nd Mekong River joint patrol by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand concluded on Saturday morning (April 25) as three Chinese law enforcement boats returned to Guanlei Port in the southwest Province of Yunnan. A total of 109 law enforcement officers from th...

"Non-contact" Mekong River joint patrol begins

​21 APR 2020 - Source: The Star - KUNMING: The 92nd Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand started on Tuesday (April 21) from Jingha Port, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province. The mission will cover areas including the "Golden...

Ayeyawady river water level falls from over 1,000cm at Mandalay harbour

27 June 18 - The level of the Ayeyawady River at Mandalay harbour has declined slightly after a rapid rise during the monsoon, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. The water level reached 1,034cm on 24 June. On the morning of 26 June, the level was at 992cm, down 42cm ...

Myanmar: Geologic History Of Ayeyawady River Delta Mapped For First Time

​14 June 18 - The Ayeyawady River delta in Myanmar is home to millions of people, and is a hub of agricultural activity. Unlike other large rivers across the world, however, the Ayeyawady has been relatively untouched by large infrastructure and dam projects for the past 50 years, and its geolo...

Authorities help to relocate families in Balaba village

​11 June 18 - Authorities are helping to relocate families living in Balaba village, Yaysagyo Township as soil erosion in Ayeyawady riverbank near the village is much worse in second week of June, sources from local said. The village monastery, which used to be far away from the riverbank, is n...

Riverbank erosion causes emergency move of households in Pyi

​12 June 18 - Due to riverbank erosion in Zalon village,Pyi Township west of Bago Region, three households had to move quickly and 20 more may have to relocated soon, according to the locals.  There has been strong overflowing of creeks in Zalon village due to heavy rain on June 9th leavin...

Mandalay port development project to begin by end of year

​4 June 18 - Construction of the Mandalay port development project aimed at developing waterway trading in Mandalay Region will begin at the end of this year, said an official from the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems. The US$38 million project is being conducted ...

Rivers may swell pass danger levels during July

​2 July 18 - During the month of July, water level in 12 Rivers may swell well over danger levels according to Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH). Chindwin River during July exceed dangerous water level once in Khamti, Homalin, Phaungpyin, Mawleik, Kalaywa, Minkin, kani and Mony...

Hpakant flooding sweeps hundreds of houses in downtown wards

​3 July 18 - Hundreds of houses situated in four downtown wards went under water after flooding yesterday in Hpakant and Lonekhin regions, Kachin State. The flooding is the highest record in 2018. As the bridges crossing Uru River in Lonekhin and Hpakant are in flood, the various organizations ...

Ayeyarwady Futures Partnership (AFP) Ensuring the sustainability of development in the Ayeyarwady River Basin in Myanmar

Myanmar is undergoing rapid socio-economic transformation in which old institutions are undergoing changes and many new ones are being created. This has created a need for urgent action, as well as a window of opportunity, for substantially improving how river basins are governed. A new National Wat...

Impact story: Improving water management, supporting local livelihoods

An SEI research project in the Chindwin River Basin in Myanmar is improving water quality monitoring and water resource management by helping to establish a new local institution to manage the river for all users. Failing water quality in the Chindwin The Chindwin River is the largest tributary of t...

Ayeyarwady SOBA Report Launched - An example of Integrated Water Management in Practice

The most comprehensive assessment ever completed on Myanmar's Ayeyarwady River Basin was released at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Yangon, Myanmar, in December 2017. The Australian Water Partnership supported the Government of Myanmar's National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) in undertaking...

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