Earth Observation and Modelling

SEWAMM - Sustainable ecohydrological water management under global change in Myanmar

Since the political and economic opening, Myanmar has taken significant steps towards the development of a modern education system. The country is currently facing major environmental challenges due to rapid and mostly uncontrolled economic development and the dramatic effects of global change. Climate change affects water availability and distribution and increases the occurrence of droughts in some areas while is leading to heavy rainfall in other areas, which results in significant flood events. Water quality is threatened by the intensification of agriculture, the use of agrochemicals, some of which have long been banned in the Western world, growing industry and tourism without regulations on water treatment. Therefore, aquatic biodiversity is rapidly declining due to the change in hydrological regime and deterioration of water quality. University education in the field of water sciences has so far followed a classical engineering curriculum with strictly separated disciplines, whereas solving future water problems requires a problem-oriented, interdisciplinary and research-based approach. Well-trained young water professionals are urgently needed to build the water science community in Myanmar, which is still at a very early stage of development. The same applies to national water legislation, administration and adequate monitoring of water resources. The SEWAMM project aims to develop the Master's programme "Sustainable Ecohydrological Water Resources Management in Global Change in Myanmar" (SEWAMM).

Funding agency: German Academic Exchange Service - Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education in Developing Countries

Funding period: 1/2020-12/2024

Partner at EOM: Prof. Dr. Natascha Oppelt

Cooperation partner in Germany:
Prof. Dr. Nicola Fohrer (CAU-AEF, coordinator)
Bonn University

Partner Universities in Myanmar
Yangon Technological University (YTU), Yangon
Myanmar Maritime University (MMU), Yangon
Mandalay University (MU), Mandalay

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