Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Planning layers to inform the design, location and environmental and social assessment of future river training works in the Ayeyarwady

Myanmar – December

The Ayeyarwady is Myanmar’s largest river system. Measuring the length of the country, it is both a crucial source of livelihoods and a vital commercial waterway. Along the river, many are dependent on the fertile riverbank fields and gardens, its fisheries, water for crop irrigation and for transportation. The river is also a source of culture with countless religious and historical monuments lining its banks and a historic channel that takes goods across the country.

The development of inland waterway transport (IWT) along this river is seen as integral to the economic development of Myanmar. To improve IWT along priority stretches of the river, and to design a cost-effective, environmentally and socially acceptable strategy for managing the full length of the navigation channel the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project (AIRBMP) was launched.

An Environmental and Social Assessment (ESA) of development of a 160 km stretch of river between Mandalay and Nyaung Oo has now been completed. The purpose of the development is to improve future navigation, allowing for 1,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) barges to navigate up the river from Yangon to Mandalay during the dry season. Civil works may include closing subsidiary low-water channels with bunds and placement of flow-guiding structures such as groynes and embankments. Other activities include dredging, elimination of obstacles, bank and bed protection.

The objective of the ESA was to provide information to inform the design and detailed Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of future navigation enhancement interventions for this area, as such interventions may cause adverse environmental and social impacts from changes to aquatic and riparian habitats in response to changes in river morphology, flow, depth, sediment flux, water quality and turbidity. Transport and disposal of dredged materials may […]

By |January 11th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

GIS Training conducted with key ministries in Myanmar as follow-up to the SEA of hydropower

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – 19th-20th November

The Geographic Information System (GIS) training, which took place from the 19th-20th of November in Nay Pyi Taw, was conducted as a follow up activity to the Myanmar hydropower Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which ICEM completed on commission from IFC earlier in 2018. The outcome of the SEA included several reports detailing the environmental and social implications of hydropower development in Myanmar and a Sustainable Development Framework implementation plan for the sector with practical recommendations. The training course provided an additional level of technical support to complement these knowledge products. The goal of providing GIS capacity building is to build on the SEA process and results, and provide relevant Myanmar government ministries with the tools to conduct similar analyses and better plan for future hydropower projects not included in the 2018 SEA. The training involved technical staff from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). Participants learned how to perform basic functions of GIS along with their application to the SEA analysis and hydropower dams. The training included presentations, guided exercises, and group exercises. Other practical GIS applications were presented as well, including using cell phones as a GPS tool to collect spatial information in the field. There was a great level of engagement and the training was considered a success by IFC. ICEM will conduct a second, more extensive GIS training in early 2019 for a larger audience to present more advanced topics and further build GIS capacity for government ministries in hydropower sector development planning within river basin contextsVisit the SEA of the Hydropower Sector in Myanmar project page Read more about […]
By |January 10th, 2019|Myanmar news, News|0 Comments