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Cleaner production: a sustainable future for industry.
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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


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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