For the fourth time Myanmar celebrated the World Water Day in Naypyitaw on 13–14 March 2017 and with a specific objective to realize the national importance of water in relation to economic development, environmental sustainability, water-related disaster risk reduction and good water governance for all citizens of Myanmar.
As part of the collaboration agreement between EO4SD and the World Bank funded Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project, representatives from the EO4SD consortium was attending this 2-day event, to meet with local key stakeholders and to raise awareness of Earth Observation through topical presentations on Space technology for river basin planning and in support of the nexus between water, food, energy and forest ecosystems.
The National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) is an APEX body in the Myanmar’s water sector mandated for the good water governance by overseeing, guiding and steering the overall sustainability of water resources, fair water allocation, sharing, and efficient use of water for the economic activities as well as education, research and capacity building.
The National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC) is a highest level committee mandated to manage, oversee, guide and steer to reduce risks, manage emergency situations, rescue and provide resettlement support, and provide capacity building for the disaster preparedness, precaution, and active participation of the communities in prevention of man-made disasters in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Since 2014, NWRC has annually organized World Water Day Celebrations in Myanmar with two main objectives.
The first objective is to increase efficiency of water sector performance for poverty alleviation and sustainable development in Myanmar and the second is to play an active role in the world water community.