AIRBM, Component 1 held SOBA Inception workshop

AIRBM, Component 1 held SOBA Inception workshop

Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project, Component 1 organized the meeting for State of Basin Assessment- SOBA Inception Workshop at MicaSa Hotel, Yangon on 19 and 20 June 2017. At the SOBA Inception workshop, welcome speech by U Htun Lwin Oo, Secretary of NWRC, Director General, Directorate of Water Resources & Improvement of River Systems (DWIR), Setting the scene for the SOBA Report, Ayeyarwady Basin Master Plan and Myanmar’s Water Sector Reform by Prof. Dr Khin Ni Ni Thein, AIRBM Component 1 Director, Hydro-Informatics Centre and presented by Mr Tarek Ketelsen, SOBA Coordinator, AWP Coordinator Update on the Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment(SOBA) process and Report presented by Mr Tarek Ketelsen, SOBA Coordinator, AWP Coordinator. The objective of the SOBA Inception Workshop are to review and finalise the SOBA Package Scoping Reports, including workplan, key development and conservation issues to address, as well as the thematic and scheduling linkages between packages.

  1. Background

The Ayeyarwady State of the Basin Assessment (SOBA) is the first step towards the development of an integrated Ayeyarwady River Basin Master plan. SOBA is an integrated environmental, social and economic analysis of the past and present conditions in the Ayeyarwady basin that includes key processes that underpin the biophysical and socio-economic characteristics as well as a trend-based analysis of these characteristics. SOBA will be a major reference document for all development and conservation planners and managers working in the Ayeyarwady basin, it represents the first time that a comprehensive integrated baseline at the basin scale has been developed in recent decades.

In order to develop the SOBA Report, some 25 commercial, research and NGO organisations have been contracted through 10 contracts (Annex 1, Table 1). Grouped into six packages, the organisations bring together leading Myanmar and international expertise in specific aspects of the Ayeyarwady biophysical and socio-economic systems with more than 100 individual experts engaged and working on SOBA.

The Final SOBA Report will compile and synthesise information from each of the six packages into a high-quality reference product due December 2017.

SOBA Packages

SOBA Package Scope Supporting Activities
1 Surface Water Resources Activity 1 – Hydrological data audit & rating curve review
Activity 2 – Surface water resources and use baseline assessment
Activity 3 – Basin water pollution survey
2 Groundwater resources & Water Information System for Data Management (WISDM) Activity 6 – Hydrogeological Review of the Central Dry Zone
3 Geomorphology & Sediments
4 Biodiversity & Fisheries
5 Demographics, sectoral development & macro-economics (“Socio-economics”) Activity 4 – Economic valuation of ecosystem services and products and the estimation of “Gross-Ecosystem Product” (GEP)
6 Local Consultations and participatory 3D Physical Mapping


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