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Area: 5888268 km2
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $4,014,183,801.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: $775,816,090.00 - [19%]
  • Access to Sanitation: $508,992,172.00 - [13%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $55,693,088.00 - [1%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: $1,388,926,192.00 - [35%]
  • Water Scarcity: $615,725,626.00 - [15%]
  • Water Management: $669,030,634.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

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Country Overview

1.1.2.WATER USE In 2000, the total water withdrawal was estimated at about 33.23km3, of which about 29.58km3 (89 per cent) was for agriculture, 3.32km3 (10 per cent) for municipalities and 0.33km3 (1 per cent) for industries. Approximately 30.24km3, or 91 per cent of the total water withdrawal, comes from surface water and 2.99km3, or 9 per cent, from groundwater. Groundwater is mostly used for domestic purposes.

1.2.WATER QUALITY, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH Sedimentation is one of the major adverse effects of storage dams and in the lower courses of rivers. Mining and deforestation along the upper reaches of river basins cause serious erosion problems. Transported sediment is reducing the storage capacity of reservoirs and the bed level in the lower reaches of rivers is rising. Consequently, flooding occurs and navigation faces serious problems. Although some nutrients and some sediment are needed to support the aquatic environment, the government is emphasizing the implementation of the terrace farming system to reduce shifting cultivation. The development of industry and increasing population density will cause increasing river pollution and health risks for people living close to the rivers. Careful management of groundwater extraction is also required in order to avoid pollution (IMTFWR).

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Organizations in Myanmar

We are working on peace, health education, pure drinking water, and environment. International Peace Committee for Interfaith Harmony (IPCIH) was established in 2010 and registered under Trust Act 1882. Since its commencement, it has been working for the development of … Learn More

Projects in Myanmar

In Myanmar, WaterAid is running a COVID-19 and hygiene public awareness campaign, including posters in public places. In cooperation with Mandalay Youth Network, WaterAid distributed 100 vinyl signs with COVID-19 prevention messages in Kyaukpadaung township in Mandalay Region, including in … Learn More

Work commenced on a pilot project in Myanmar in 2019, with the support of local organisation Aung Myin Hmu, to improve food storage facilities and the supply of drinking water in five factories from our supply chain, reaching a total … Learn More

The vision of the Resilient Asian Deltas (RAD) Initiative is that long term resilience of AsiaÕs delta systems is secured through unprecedented political and financial investment in Ôbuilding with natureÕ, which will protect and restore the natural river and coastal … Learn More

Young water expert Tanya Huizer, from The Netherlands, will work in Myanmar from March 2015 to March 2016 as liaison officer Water, to support the Dutch Water Sector and government. Learn More

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