Ayeyarwady Decision Support System (DSS) and Basin Master Plan (BMP)

Please kindly read about the knowledge sharing seminar about Ayeyarwady Decision Support System (DSS) and Basin Master Plan (BMP) held at Central Training School of Education and Training Department under Ministry of Border Affairs on 27.7.2020 in the following proceeding.

The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA)

The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) is one of the major knowledge outputs of the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project prepared by Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC).
SOBA is an integrated environmental, social and economic analysis of past and present condition and trends in water and water related resources in the Ayeyarwady basin. It is designed to inform readers with an interest in natural resources sustainability in the Ayeyarwady Basin. It may be read as a reference document or as a resource of information to guide policy and planning decision-making.
SOBA combines rigorous technical assessments with inclusive consultation processes. It takes stock of the status and historic trends in key environmental, social and economic characteristics of the Ayeyarwady system, and how the people of Myanmar utilize and benefit from the water and related resources of the river and its tributaries.
SOBA aims to inform planning in the Ayeyarwady Basin by providing baseline information on the condition and trends in water and land resources as well as related ecosystem services and the livelihoods and economies of Myanmar that depend on these resources. The work highlights issues, opportunities, risks and uncertainties, and trade-offs that will need to be addressed in this planning process. Furthermore, SOBA provides an important baseline against which the impacts of future development pathways may be monitored and assessed.
To complete the suite of SOBA technical and synthesis reports more than 100 key experts from some 25 international and Myanmar companies, NGOs, universities and research organizations undertook field surveys, modelling studies, consultation and scientific analysis.

Eight thematic areas are covered in SOBA, including:

  • Surface Water resources and use,
  • Water Pollution,
  • Groundwater resources and use,
  • Geomorphology and Sediments,
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture,
  • Biodiversity,
  • Socio-Economic Development, including demographics, sectoral development and macro-economics and
  • Community Perspectives.

Files to download

The SOBA Report comprises two volumes:

SOBA Volume 1: Synthesis Report: The SOBA synthesis report is a strategic synthesis for multi-stakeholders focusing on the strategic findings and conclusions of the SOBA assessment. It includes a main report (100-200 pages) and an executive summary (20-30 pages).

SOBA Synthesis Report

Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs

Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs “Risk and Opportunity Multiplier” was published by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies. The document is the study on the implications of climate change and climate policy for international affairs in Southeast Asia and for ASEAN as a multilateral organization. The study analyzes climate change implications for ASEAN international affairs, international climate-policy commitments of the ASEAN countries, and ASEAN’s role on climate and energy policy, setting out with recommendations for ASEAN.

Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making

This report is a report by the World Commission on Dams. The World Commission on Dams recommends to use this report as a starting point for discussions, debates, reassessments of what may be established procedures and for an assessment of how these can evolve to address a change reality. This report identifies the key elements of the debate on water and energy resources management and the role of dams in the debate.

Myanmar National Building Code 2016: Water Supply, Drainage and Sanitation