YANGON, MYANMAR – Six cities in Myanmar will tackle emerging challenges in water supply, sanitation, waste management, drainage and flood management with a $2 million grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, to be administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
“The opening of Myanmar’s economy will transform cities and the way they are managed,” said Florian Steinberg, Senior Urban Development Specialist with ADB’s Southeast Asia department. “As Myanmar’s circumstances change, cities will face more pressure to balance growth, regulate land use, and provide equitable services.”
Approximately 1,620 participants from Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Pathein, Lashio and Monywa will receive training in nine key city development areas, including: strategic urban planning; urban land management; preparation of urban infrastructure investments; environmental and social safeguards; financing for urban development; management of procurement; operation and maintenance; management of public and private partnerships; and urban services standards.
City planners will use this training to assess community needs and form an urban services business operations plan.
Rapid growth in Myanmar’s cities has been uneven and often unplanned, leaving them vulnerable to water-related disasters, such as floods and storm surges.
The Ministry of Construction and Department of Meteorology and Hydrology will conduct hydro-meteorological assessments in the Ayeyarwady River basin and Yangon plain. Officials from Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyine will then receive training and assistance to formulate flood risk management guidelines and manuals.