Introductory Training course on SHD, Yangon, 1-5.June.2015

Sustainable Hydropower Development in Myanmar

Introductory Training Course on Sustainable Hydropower Development in Yangon, Myanmar

By  Pham Hong Anh

One of six countries in the Mekong region, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is granted with a high potential for hydropower development, and a lot of foreign investors are interested in tapping the potential. Thus, there is an increase in dam construction in Myanmar. The dam projects in Myanmar and neighbouring countries have raised concerns regarding socio-economic, environmental as well as transboundary cooperation issues and therefore raise interest on more sustainable practices in hydropower development.

In the scope of the Network for Sustainable Hydropower Development in Mekong countries (NSHD-M), the MRC-GIZ Cooperation Programme has now expanded to Myanmar. Responding to the demand of academic professionals and relevant stakeholder, the NSHD-M has carried out an introductory training course on sustainable hydropower development covering crucial modules such as “Dealing with Social Aspects” and “Sustaining river basin ecosystems”. The course lasted for 5 days from 1 – 5 June 2015 at the host’s location, Yangon Technological University (YTU), one of the leading technological Universities in Myanmar.

After the opening ceremony with the participation of YTU Rector Dr. Aye Myint, 40 eager participants from various professional fields related to hydropower participated in the training. Out of them, nearly 60% were professors and lecturers from well-known technological universities in Yangon and Mandalay regions. The other half came from governmental bodies such as Myanmar National Committee on Large Dams, Ministry of Electric Power, Ministry of Science and Technology etc.

The training also drew attention of experts from hydropower companies and NGOs. An interesting fact about the participants is that 60% of them were female, among whom many were associate professors and heads of department.

 “The training style is quite good. It motivated us to participate in group work and understand more how important the environmental effects are.” Pye Phyo Maung, participant

 A team of four experienced regional NSHD-M trainers from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam led the training.. The course was based on two out of six training manuals and 10 case studies which were developed by the NSHD-M members and GIZ from 2012 to 2014.

With participatory learning methodology, the course offered a chance for the participants and trainers to jointly discuss matters of resettlement or normative frameworks as well as other interesting topics such as fish-related mitigation practices and environmental concerns. After the course, the participants have shown high motivation and commitment to improve their knowledge on sustainable hydropower development and share it with others.

 “The training style is quite good. It motivated us to participate in group work and understand more how important the environmental effects are.” Pye Phyo Maung, participant





At the end of the training, a discussion on future regional networking offered the participants chances to explore NSHD-M and its activities through an open discussion with GIZ and the trainer team. Most of the participants have voted for environmental issues and hydropower economics as their two main interests for future NSHD-M activities in Myanmar.



Further trainings will be offered to the new network members in Myanmar based on their high demand and in order to integrate them into the regional activities of NSHD-M. An already very active network member, Mr. Thapye, was elected as country focal point for NSHD-M in Myanmar, and will act as the bridge between the network and Myanmar members.

For more information, please contact Pham Hong Anh (


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