On 26th of June, 2020, Myanmar Water Portal has initiated Let's Talk About Water – Talk show Episode 1 with guest speakers, Dr. Petra Schmitter and Sanjiv de Silva from International Water Management Institute (IWMI) – Myanmar. Hosted by Kyaw Nyunt Linn, a communication manager of The Water Agency, the talk show was called Farmer-led Water Sharing System in Myanmar which refers to theme of establishing Water Users Associations in Myanmar.
Dr. Petra Schmitter, is a Senior Researcher at the International Water Management Institute and leads the Research Group on Sustainable and Resilient Food Production Systems. She has over 14 years' experience in testing and adapting water solutions for farmers to improve their agricultural resilience and to measure the impact of scaling those solutions on water resource availability and quality at different scales. She is based in Myanmar and has recently led the Pyawt Ywar Pump Based Irrigation Project in the Central Dry Zone funded by Livelihoods and Food Security Fund.
Sanjiv is a researcher in the field of Natural Resources Governance from International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Myanmar. He has over 20 years' experience in natural resources governance in Asia. He was the institutions specialist in rehabilitating the pump irrigation scheme at Pywat Ywar and establishing a water user association to implement Myanmar's Guidelines on Participatory Irrigation Management.
Understanding that, sharing natural resources such as water, food, land, energy and wind is essential for every human being. As human civilization arises, managing these resources are hard to practice. Although we exploit the same resource in a particular region, habitats require to maintain their relationship and share well-beings mutually.
Therefore, discussion had been made about Water User Associations (WUAs) comprising water users who share a common source of irrigation. Water users may require water for farming such as agricultural or livestock and domestic purposes. WUAs are intended to improve irrigation performance through increased farmer participation and involvement in irrigation scheme management. In addition, it is supposed to lead to more sustainable water use and more equitable sharing of the benefits.
In this talk show, the first speaker, Petra Schmitter, shared the Pyawt Ywar Pump Irrigation project which is one of more than 300 such projects (PIPs) implemented by the Government of Myanmar as part of its strategy to increase agricultural production. Secondly, Sanjiv de Silva presented key messages from the experiences of establishing the Water User Association in Pyawt Ywar Pump Irrigation Scheme.
Afterwards, there were the dialogues between guest speakers, host and participants during the talk show. So, there will be the next episode of the talk show with different topics, so please keep in touch on the Myanmar Water Portal.
Summary and Dialogues of Episode 1 - Let's Talks about Farmer-led Water Sharing System in Myanmar - Myanmar Water Portal
After the talk show, all the shareable materials and relevant website links are delivered and continuous discussion will be held in "Let's Talk about Water - Discussions" on the Myanmar Water Portal. Please check it out below.