Project Objectives

 

The establishment of the scientific network includes the following work steps:

 

The overarching objective of the planned partnership is to analyze the region's existing hydro-meteorological challenges with focus on the Nexus Climate-Water-Nutrition and to develop problem solutions together with regional partners on the basis of sustainable cooperation. The insights attained about these regional climate-human environmental dynamics contribute to a deeper understanding and an enhanced classification of global water-related problem areas. Within the scope of the cooperation, the existing expertise and competences of scientists from the universities of Bonn and Kiel, Technical University Yangon and Myanmar Maritime University as well as in cooperation with partners of the TU Delft and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will be bundled. 

On the one hand, this close collaboration serves to expand and intensify professional and regional know-how on both sides. On the other hand, this cooperation can be seen as a German contribution to the improvement of the research and training structure in Myanmar. The central scientific objective of the project is to identify the hydro-meteorological problems and challenges for agricultural use and food security, as well as developing sustainable solutions in the Ayeyarwady River basin district in Myanmar. The knowledge about climate variability and the linked socio-hydrological reactions in the Ayeyarwady catchment will be increased and the existing research gaps regarding the climate-water-nutrition system are going to be elaborated and minimized. A further crucial objective is to establish a long-term scientific network which provokes and communicates action competencies and interdisciplinary knowledge on all sides, as well as facilitating the strategic advancement and further training of young academics in Myanmar. This aim will be achieved by jointly developed water-related research questions and common future research projects. 

Colleagues from the TU Yangon and the Myanmar Maritime University with international training and proven scientific and regional expertise are involved in this project. In addition, a close cooperation with the TU Delft is planned which has been operating a contact office and doing hydrological research activities at the TU Yangon for several years. Furthermore, the Myanmar office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is involved in the local research on Nexus Water-Nutrition.

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