The WEPA Action Program in Myanmar is implementing following specific activities:
Stipulation of the National Surface Water Quality Standards
Review of existing monitoring data and analytical capacity of laboratories;
Expert review of proposed standards;
Study Japan and other Asian experiences;
Develop revised proposals for Environmental Quality Standards Technical Development Sub-Committee; and
The activities focus on elaborating surface water quality standards including rivers, lakes and marine water, building upon current works by ECD. The work benefits from expertise accumulated in WEPA including experts in the WEPA advisory board. Networks of WEPA bring Japan and other Asian experiences and lessons into the process. Interim outputs of the activities are revised proposals of ambient water quality standards to be submitted to the Environmental Quality Standards Technical Development Sub-Committee. The Action Program also undertakes consideration of legally-binding effluent standards to achieve proposed surface water quality standards.
Enhanced capacity of ECD in water quality monitoring and assessment
Develop guidelines for water body classification and monitoring
Conduct trainings for region/state officers
ECD region/state offices play a central role in the classification of water bodies based on water usage, to which corresponding water quality standards for the living environment are applied and monitored. Guidelines are developed for harmonized and adequate way of classification and monitoring. Based on the guidelines, tailored training for state/region ECD officers is organized. Monitoring of ambient water quality standards entails standardized sampling and measurements, and statistical analysis of obtained data. Those methods are introduced and shared in the training.