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World Bank-Myanmar to work on national water law

Public consultations on the Myanmar National Water Law will be held soon, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during Third Asia Pacific Water Summit on Monday

Irrawaddy river, longest river in Myanmar Credit: world atlas

By Aye Sapay Phyu

Yangon, December 13, 2017

Myanmar Times

Public consultations on the Myanmar National Water Law will be held soon, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the opening remarks at the Third Asia Pacific Water Summit  in Yangon on Monday.

“It is clear that water is the main driver of sustainable development, Myanmar is drafting the over-arching Myanmar National Water law with the assistance of World Bank and this will enter the public consultation process very soon,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

U Cho Cho, joint secretary of the advisory group of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC), said that public consultations and other necessary procedures to develop Myanmar National Water law will continue soon.

The Myanmar National Water Law has been under discussion since 2013, led by NWRC.

“Water is connected with everybody’s business, so public suggestions need to be considered in the crafting of the law,” he said.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Myanmar has abundant water resources and its hydropower potential is considerable. However, she said that abundance does not mean the country has water security and does not experience water scarcity.

“Our water problems are different from those in our region. We do have dry zone in the centre of the country. That has added diversity to the climate conditions in Myanmar and also assorted water problems. To put it simply, we do not get enough water, when and where we needed,” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.

She said Myanmar has suffered water problems mainly due to uneven distribution of rainfall, changing pattern of hydrological conditions, and climate change.

“Water demand in our cities has increased as population and urbanisation increase. Water demand in rural areas has also increased.”

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