Project Description

Enhanced Use of Disaster Risk Information for Decision Making in Southeast Asia – Myanmar Component

Donor/Partner: Asian Development Bank (ADB)    |    Duration: 2017-2018   |    Location: Myanmar

About:The project will enable increased capacity building and knowledge sharing among selected Southeast Asian Developing Member Countries (DMCs) – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand – on disaster risk-informed decision making. The impact will be improved risk-sensitive decision making for public investments. The outcome will be improved capacity in the selected countries to integrate Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the development processes.

The Myanmar output includes the (i) development of flood risk maps for Mawlamyine City at a scale that can be used for urban development-related decision making; (ii) development and delivery of one training course for national and city government officials in Hpa-An, Myawaddy, and Mawlamyine on the use of flood risk information for urban development processes; and (iii) utilization of disaster damage and loss data for urban planning purposes.

ICEM’s approach to the project consists of four outputs:

  • Output 1: Scoping and baseline evaluation: Assess floods and climate threats, and the DRM and policy contexts in Mawlamyine in Mon State, and Myawaddy and Hpa-An in Kayin State. This will include assessments of past, current and projected floods and climate threats, participatory analysis and mapping of key urban assets and issues, and comprehensive reviews of national-, state- and city-level urban development policies (including agencies involved, DRM planning, emergency response, early warning systems, zoning, and land use planning).
  • Output 2: Integrating flood risk information into urban development planning: ICEM’s Climate Change Adaptation Methodology (CAM) will be used as a framework for spatial analysis of flood and climate threats to develop flood risk maps for Mawlamyine. Once the risk has been identified spatially, key sectors and urban assets will be defined for each risk zone. Risk zones and key urban assets will be overlaid to assess the overall flood risks to urban development planning in Mawlamyine.
  • Phase 3: Ensuring sustainability and communicating results: Recommendations will cover additional protection and suitable locations for infrastructure, relocation of residential areas, early warning systems, flood control, drainage, water and sanitation, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. The recommendations will be developed with relevant government officials, and entry points for integrating the recommendations into sector-level development plans and budgets will be identified.
  • Output 4: Building capacity of government officials: Design and implementation of a training course on the use of flood risk information for urban development to improve the capacity of national and city government officials to 1) develop flood risk maps (targeting technical staff), and 2) integrate flood risk into urban planning (targeting senior policy staff).


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