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Myanmar : Launching of institutional cooperation

Published March 2015

IOWater is starting, with the support of the Loire-Brittany Water Agency, a cooperation program in Myanmar with the Ministries of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) and Transport (MOT).
The Ministry of Transport takes care of the Secretariat of the National Water Resources Committee.
Strictly speaking, there is currently no water law, but a National Policy for Water Resources was promulgated in February 2014.
Basin management experiences involve studies and master plans, which mainly focused on the Irrawaddy River Basin and its navigability (MOT), and on the Inle Lake Basin and its environmental conservation (MOECAF).
Exchanges with both Ministries allowed confirming the willingness of strengthening Integrated Water Resources Management Policy, while experimenting control and incentive tools for water uses, the mobilization of ad hoc funding to carry out the action plan and the development of a genuine monitoring tool for following up public policy and of an indicator / management chart system.