May 9, 2018
On 9th May (Mandalay), 15th May (Yangon) and 17th May (Naypyitaw) 2018, ECD and JICA Project for Capacity Development in Basic Water Environment Management held the Completion Seminars of the project by inviting around 270 in total from line agencies of Myanmar government and other stakeholders which are related to Water Environment management. The project expert team headed by Dr. Itaru Okuda to ECD-Pollution Control Division as well as Yangon City Development Council (YCDC), Mandalay City Development Council (MCDC) and regional ECD offices, conducted various activities on Basic Water Environment Management such as providing water quality survey training, setting inspection procedure, developing database for survey, and compiling relevant information into environment situation report in order to enable decision makers to understand the situation of environment updates.
The project focuses for industrial waste water, which can affect water environment situation. Together with YCDC, MCDC and regional ECD offices, the project has worked in the actual industrial zones- particularly Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone etc in Yangon and Pyi Gyi Tagon Industrial Zone in Mandalay by monitoring environment situation of Hlaing River Basin and Doke Hta Waddy River basin respectively. In the course of the project works, revealed the secondary treatment which is to remove organic materials is not common yet for Myanmar local industries whilst primary treatment- such as removal of solids- is gradually becoming implemented.
In the process of implementation, Myanmar counterparts together with Japanese Expert Team learn the actual works on-the-job training basis. In order to fill the gap for capacity needs in Environmental Management, ECD recently hires additional new staff members, and the experience of collaboration in the project is used for such staff training. Periodic inspection, water quality survey, data accumulation and reporting is one of the crucial works for monitoring of environment situation, which can be closely related with the monitoring of Environmental Management Plan (EMP) which is to be submitted by project proponent of various activities in Myanmar.
With the completion of team seminar, JICA, ECD, YCDC and MCDC concluded 3 years project activities, the project proposed each city to equip coordination mechanism for water use, welcomed that, in some places, centralized Waste Water Treatment Plants are to be installed, and each city should promote such works for various opportunities. On the other hand, ECD as
well as its regional offices are requested to follow-up the preparation of EMP from project proponents. The project also recommends ECD as well as other stakeholders to continue awareness-raising as well as to conduct inter-organizational coordination.
Additionally, Myanmar and Japan has started policy dialogue on Environment. According to the joint statement issued during the first policy dialogue taken place in January 2018, it is expected to have comprehensive memorandum of cooperation on Environment between two countries – Ministry of Environment of Japan and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar. JICA is to link the project outcome and follow-up activities with such movement as well.