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 contexts