7239. River Protection Nyaung Done - Myanmar - D2B16MM02

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) requested the NCEA to prepare an advisory review report. This report presents the conclusions of the review of the Scoping Report for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for a riverbank protection and rehabilitation project at Nyaungdon in Myanmar initiated by the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR). 

Significant details

The historic city of Nyaungdon is located at the bifurcation point where the Pan Hlaing River separates from the Ayeyarwady River. Due to the high discharge regime and sediment load, the Ayeyarwady River is highly dynamic with a pattern of migrating sandbanks and shifting channels. Erosion or accretion of the Ayeryawady and Pan Hlaing riverbanks is associated with these shifting channels which seem to appear in a 10-20 years cycle.

In 2018, the Government of Myanmar asked the Netherlands governmentfor an assessment of the situation and for recommendations on how to sustainably improve the safety of people and assets in and near Nyaungdon. On behalf of DWIR, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) commissioned prefeasibility studies which were carried out in the period from June 2018 till May 2019. The objectives of these studies were to develop plans to guarantee an “acceptable flood risk” in the city and to provide sustainable protection of the foundation and related stability of the Bo Myat Tun Bridge and Nyaungdon Bridge. The prefeasibility phase was completed by a consortium led by Arcadis in May 2019. 

Parties involved

Members of the working group

Ngwe Moe

Technical secretary: Arend Kolhoff

Further details

Country: Myanmar

Last modified: 18 Jul 2022