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Thaketa Climate Adaptation Pilot Project

Yangon is one of the most vulnerable cities worldwide to climate change, suffering from widespread flooding during the monsoon while experiencing severe water shortages in the dry season.
Starting in 2019, through a joint initiative of local and international partners, the Yangon Htee City program (“htee” meaning “umbrella” in Burmese) has been promoting local communities to get actively involved in making their neighborhoods more climate resilient as the Thaketa Climate Adaptation Pilot Project which takes place in Ward 5 of Thaketa, a township in the city of Yangon (Myanmar).

Focusing on small-scale, practical measures and developing as an innovative community-driven stakeholder participation process for designing and implementing different types of climate adaptation interventions., such as rainwater harvesting, drainage improvements, awareness and education programs, water quality monitoring, mobile apps and household water filters, local residents feel more empowered to strengthen the resilience of their families and communities.

Facing the combined impact of Covid and a severe political crisis during 2020-21, the Yangon Htee City program had to find new, innovative ways of engaging with communities. One of these is the partnership with UN-Habitat and Block by Block Foundation to use Minecraft as a tool for visualisation and collaboration. Under this innovative program, the Yangon Raincraft program was launched in July 2021, allowing local residents to learn from local and international experts about water and climate adaptation interventions, while giving them the chance to develop and visualise their own ideas and solutions for clean and safe water in their virtual neighbourhoods (modelled true-to-life in Minecraft!).

The Water Agency facilitated the project coordination and stakeholder engagement; and supported the implementation process alongside local project partners: Doh Eain, Water Bridge Myanmar, and international project partners: Infram, Resilience, World Waternet, Witteveen+Bos, and U.Minds.

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Bringing collaboration tools to Thaketa

In early April, The Water Agency team visited the Thaketa Ward 5 in Yangon, Myanmar to bring the water security collaboration tools to the community.

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Thaketa Climate Adaptation Project

Thaketa Climate Adaptation Project The pilot project takes places in Ward 5 of Thaketa, a township in the city of Yangon. Yangon is a major

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