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FRESHWATER
FRESHWATER PROGRAMME
WHY FRESHWATER?

Water is one of the most precious resources on planet earth. The survival of all life depends on it. Only 1%, however, is fresh and accessible. This 1% faces a myriad of pressures and threats; from climate change and growing populations, to hydropower dams and pollution and mining and overfishing, our water is under pressure. Though we have already seen the demise of some of the world’s great rivers, Myanmar still features freshwater ecosystems that are intact. It is critical that we make smart decisions now to safeguard the lifeblood arteries of this country, before it’s too late.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

As well as protecting species and important habitats in Myanmar’s river systems, we are working to demonstrate the true value of the river to all of those who depend on it. We engage the private sector to improve their practices, support the government in eradicating illegal activities, and work with communities to ensure that their livelihoods are sustainable.

Fewer than 70 of the world’s longest rivers remain free-flowing, and Myanmar is home to one of them - the magnificent Ayeyarwady River. This river is home to species seen nowhere else on earth, and it is at the heart of the country’s development journey. We all have a vested interest in ensuring it stays healthy.

MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Pyi Soe Aung
Dr. Pyi Soe Aung
Freshwater Programme and Policy Manager
What do you do?

I lead a highly passionate and competent freshwater team at WWF Myanmar. Our main task is to develop and implement strategic programmes and actions to support preservation of Myanmar’s unique rivers and freshwater ecosystems. Our approach is to engage with public, community, and private sectors to ensure achieving holistic, integrated, and socially inclusive outcomes. Our goal is to keep Myanmar’s rivers free-flowing in order to safeguard the diversity of freshwater species, to reduce climate change vulnerabilities of riverside communities, and to promote sustainable economy of the nation.

Why do you do it?

I believe preservation of important rivers and freshwater ecosystems of Myanmar is vital not only for the existence of unique natural landscapes and globally-threatened freshwater species but also for promoting nation’s economy and safeguarding the livelihoods of millions of its population.

Dr. Mu Mu Htay
Dr. Mu Mu Htay
'Tha Bar Wa' Project Manager
What do you do?

We promote sustainable production and consumption directly contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 12. We support Food and Beverage Industries in applying suitable production practices. This is done by working together with the private sector and civil society organizations. We also support financial institution in developing and implementing green finance.

Why do you do it?

We do this as we would like to seen waste from the manufacturers are reduce and pollution from the manufacturers are prevented that harms communities farm land and water sources.

Salai Thura Zaw
Salai Thura Zaw
Freshwater Programme Officer
What do you do?

Work on private sector water stewardship and project management functions of the freshwater programme.

Why do you do it?

I have a strong interest in pollution control and management, I believe that engaging with different stakeholders at different levels will fill the gaps between science and policy implementation. To me, conservation is a passion-driven daily activity.

May Zaw Htet
May Zaw Htet
Water Stewardship Project Coordinator
What do you do?

I support the development of innovative solutions to sustainability in Myanmar's private sector.

Why do you do it?

I want to help to build a sustainable future for people and wildlife, and conserve the nation’s biodiversity.

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