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Tha Bar Wa

Catalysing sustainable water and energy management in Food and Beverage Industries in the Ayeryarwady River Basin

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About the project

Part of our Freshwater Programme Tha Bar Wa is a four year project funded by the European Union under the SWITCH-Asia Programme. It promotes cleaner production in Myanmar’s growing Food and Beverages sector, specifically in the small and medium-size enterprises. The project’s name “Tha Bar Wa” expresses a commitment to nature and the resources utilised by companies.

Though industrial development is critical for economic growth, if not managed responsibly it could have significant negative impacts on the natural environment and undermine the country’s long-term development. Through cleaner production practices, we have an opportunity to ensure growth whilst conserving natural resources, contributing to people’s well being, promoting innovation and helping industries to mitigate risks, cut costs and reduce water and energy use.


Ministry of Industry (MoI), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC), Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), Department of Research and Innovation (DRI), Yangon Technological University (YTU), Industrial Zone Committees, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Mandalay Technological University (MTU), Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC)

Who benefits?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and industrial zones of F&B sector, local banks, communities living near industrial zones, local industry associations and business intermediaries

News & updates

July 2019: On July 4th and 5th, in Nay Pyi Taw, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) hosted a public-private meeting with business associations which was jointly organized by the EU’s SWITCH-Asia funded grant projects, SMART Myanmar and WWF’s Tha Bar Wa project, as well as representatives of the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. This two-day event is on consulting with MoNREC environmental protection and sustainable production. Discussions in the meeting focused on the garment/textile and food and beverage products manufacturers.

May/June 2019: Tha Bar Wa Project partner, Saving Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC) from Germany supported our national partner banks i.e. Ayeyarwaddy Farmers Development Bank and Myanmar Citizens Bank to sign MoUs with seven solar, gasifier, and wastewater companies in order to provide efficient support and services to SMEs for cleaner production practices. SBFIC is working with two additional banks namely Co-Operative Bank and Myanma Apex Bank in signing similar MoUs with cleaner production technology suppliers.

May 2019:Tha Bar Wa Project organized a series of awareness raising sessions with the Food Processors and Exporters Associations of Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin on 9th and 10thMay 2019 respectively. The sessions were organized to promote cleaner production practices in the food and beverage sector. The sessions introduced Tha Ba Wa Project and interventions on waste water treatment plants, energy efficiency and green finance. 50 participants including 39 businesses attended these sessions. The project also held a separate discussion with Mandalay Technological University to plan for organizing a specialized training on waste water treatment plants to be held in June, 2019.

March 2019: Marianne Henkel, Project Manager Asia from WWF-Germany, was in Myanmar from March 22-26 to conduct an annual review of the Tha Bar Way project, which officially started in May 2018. During her three day mission in Myanmar, she had a series of meetings with the project's team, project partners, SBFIC, MFPEA, academic stakeholders, and two project-associated businesses from the Food and Beverage Industries, namely Dream World Co. and Win Agro-Livestock Co. Ltd.


Working closely with local and national policy makers, small and medium sized Food and Beverage enterprises, local financing institutions, business associations and academia, this project intends to improve the sector’s environmental performance and contribute to a green economy in Myanmar by:

Creating an enabling environment for sustainable energy and water management
Market Capacity
Helping producers to apply sustainable energy and water management practices through increased technical capacity and market development
Green Finance
Supporting green finance solutions for lending to small and medium-sized enterprises
Replicate the cleaner production model across regions
60% of companies in Myanmar are Food and Beverage producers.
89% of the Food and Beverage industry’s enterprises are small and medium scale.
WWF estimates than less than 5% of Food and Beverages producers have a functioning wastewater treatment. Industrial wastewater pollution is the biggest risk to Myanmar’s freshwater ecosystems.
On average, factories experience 3 blackouts every week.

This activity has been done with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of WWF and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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