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Conference in Yangon on 14 Feb 2020

We made it to the title pages of City News and the New Global Light of Myanmar! Due to our successful international conference on “Multiple Risks Management of Extreme Events in Yangon”. On 14 February 2020, experts from the Department of Disaster Management in Nay Pyi Taw, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Yangon, the German Committee of Disaster Reduction, the Flood Protection Centre of the StEB Cologne  (Germany) as well as experts from other city committees came together to share information about data on disasters as well as strategies for disaster reduction in cities of Myanmar, especially Yangon. The attendance of the deputy major of Yangon, U Soe Lwin, as well as Professor Kraas from the University of Cologne made the conference an important and successful event of knowledge exchange on disaster risk management. The conference was very well organized by the Yangon City Developments Committee.


Kick-off workshop 7.12.2019

The kick-off workshop for phase two of the research and development project „Multiple risks management of extreme events in fast growing (mega) cities in Myanmar” took place in Yangon on December 6, 2019. The workshop was hosted by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) under the auspices of Dr. Toe Aung, the deputy director general of the Urban Planning Bureau, and took place in the City Hall.

The research project on the management of multiple risks in fast-growing cities in Myanmar has met with great interest from all city partners and participating institutions in Myanmar. Thus, the workshop became a high-level event due to the presence of the Mayor of the City of Yangon, Maung Maung Soe, and the Deputy Mayor, U Soe Win, as well as the participation of the Deputy Director of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC), U Soe Aung, and the Deputy Director of the Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee (NCDC), Dr. Pwint Thandar Kyaw Kyaw. The Deputy Director from Shan State Government, U Tint Lwin, and the Deputy Director of the Mon State Government, Daw Khine Khine Soe, were also among the guests.

The workshop was the starting signal for the second phase of the project on the Myanmar side and could be considered a complete success due to the numerous and high-ranking participants and their informative presentations.

In February, YCDC will host a further international conference and a follow-up workshop on disaster preparedness in Yangon in cooperation with the University of Cologne.

First workshop in october 2019

We, the StEB Köln, DKKV and the University of Köln, jointly conducted our first workshop of the second project phase at the disaster preparedness symposium in Berlin! The symposium was hosted by the German Red Cross with the support of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, the German Committee for Disaster Reduction and the Katastrophennetzwerk e.V.. The symposium was funded by the German Humanitarian Assisstance.

Our Workshop on Management of multiple risks at extreme events in (mega) cities in Myanmar addressed DRR experts working in low- and middle-income countries. Fourteen participants contributed with their expertise to fruitful discussions and valuable results. By applying the concept of world café, we discussed about the inclusion of different stakeholder in the elaboration and implementation of prevention and awareness raising concepts in Myanmar, the collection and assessment of data as well as about awareness raising measures for marginalized settlements in Yangon.

Click here to access the conference report.