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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

Frank van der Valk
Frank van der Valk
Freshwater Programme and Policy Manager

What do you do?

Why do you do it?

Ujjwal Pokhrel
Ujjwal Pokhrel
'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 Government, 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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