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Water is essential for maintaining an adequate food supply and a productive environment for people and other living organisms. This course looks at the availability of water resources in Myanmar and how those resources are managed. Whilst one of the most pressing global issues is securing adequate supplies of water, the supply in Myanmar is plentiful as it is a water abundant country.

However, there is marked seasonal and regional variability, and the abundant supplies are not in the places where they are needed most. The country also suffers from extensive water pollution that degrades natural ecosystems and threatens lives.

Water is a key driver of the Myanmar economy as it is used to irrigate crops like rice. However, the potential of water to drive the economy in other directions through mining, hydropower and industry is now being realised.

This course tells the story of Myanmar’s water resources and how they can be managed more responsibly to improve development and protect the natural environment.

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the distribution, availability and seasonal variation of water resources in Myanmar
  • Understand the uses of water by different sectors
  • Describe the causes and effects of water pollution
  • Understand what is meant by integrated water resource management
  • Interpret different sources of information
  • Use information to form your own opinion
  • Take action to conserve Myanmar’s water resources.

Statement of Participation

There is a Statement of Participation awarded for studying this course. To gain this you must complete all four chapters of the course and attempt all the questions.

Course authors

The course has been written for the Yangon University of Distance Education and Mandalay University of Distance Education and is for undergraduate students in Myanmar, Myanmar citizens and citizens of the ASEAN region.

The Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) project, funded through DfID, supported the journey to authoring and production of this course.

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