SERVIR-Mekong conducts Needs Assessment in Myanmar

SERVIR-Mekong News

The SERVIR-Mekong Introduction and Needs Assessment Consultations in Yangon, Myanmar, took place on February 25, 2015. The consultations aimed to introduce the SERVIR-Mekong project to potential partners in Myanmar, gather inputs on the demands for SERVIR-Mekong tools, and discuss areas of cooperation with participants.

Twenty representatives from non-governmental organizations and stakeholder groups participated in the event. Some of the issues discussed during the meeting included:

  1. Land use planning
  2. Land cover/forest cover (including mangrove monitoring)
  3. Flood management
  4. Emergency response / disaster management
  5. Infrastructure development and its impact on water source mapping

The SERVIR-Mekong team will formulate the work program for Myanmar based on these discussions.

The SERVIR-Mekong team that participated in the consultations included key staff from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the Spatial Informatics Group. ADPC took the opportunity to introduce the SERVIR-Mekong team to its country office in Yangon, and the role that the ADPC country office could play in supporting the work of SERVIR-Mekong was discussed.