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Title: Water security in Myanmar - Google search results for "roundtable on water security myanmar"
Description/subject: About 20 Myanmar-specific links on water security in Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2016

Individual Documents

Title: Water Woes Put a Damper on Myanmar’s Surging Economy
Date of publication: 25 May 2016
Description/subject: "The central plains of Myanmar, bordered by mountains on the west and east, include the only semi-arid region in South East Asia – the Dry Zone, home to some 10 million people. This 13 percent of Myanmar’s territory sums up the challenges that the country faces with respect to water security: an uneven geographical and seasonal distribution of this natural resource, the increasing unpredictability of rain patterns due to climate change, and a lack of water management strategies to cope with extreme weather conditions. Using water resources more wisely is critical, according to NGOs and institutional actors like the Global Water Partnership, which organized a high-level roundtable on water security issues in Yangon on May 24. UN data shows that only about five percent of the country’s potential water resources are being utilised, mostly by the agricultural sector. At the same time, growing urbanisation and the integration of Myanmar into the global economy after five decades of military dictatorship are enhancing demand..."
Author/creator: Sara Perria
Language: English
Source/publisher: Inter Press Service (IPS)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2016

Title: Water Security Critical for World Fastest-Growing Economy
Date of publication: 24 May 2016
Description/subject: " Lack of water management and limited access to data risk hindering Myanmar’s economic growth, making water security a top priority of the new government. Climate change and increased urbanisation, along with earthquakes, cyclones, periodic flooding and major drought, require an urgent infrastructural upgrade if the country is to undergo a successful integration into the global economy after five decades of economic isolation under military rule. “Water resources are abundant in Myanmar. However, we need to manage it properly to get adequate and clean water,” said Yangon regional government chief minister U Phyo Min Thein, attending a high-level roundtable on water security organised by Stockholm-based facilitator Global Water Partnership on May 24 in Yangon. According to IMF data, Myanmar is the fastest growing economy in the world, following an easing of sanctions in 2011, when the military handed power to a semi-civilian reformist government. “Water security is a priority for the new government,” said Myanmar’s deputy minister of Transport and Communication U Kyaw Myo. The challenges inherited by the now de facto leader of the country Aung San Suu Kyi, however, are enormous. An expected industrial development and urbanisation boom are only going to make more urgent the need for efficient water management solutions in one of the most challenging areas of South Asia..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Inter Press Service (IPS)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 June 2016