Collaborating Organization

Center of Groundwater Resources and Environmental Geology (CGREG)


CGREG is a governmental institution under Geological Agency (GA), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR). The historical background of this institution started in 1978, the year of the institution establishment, with the name of Directorate of Environmental Geology (DEG). In 2001, the name of DEG was changed to be Directorate of Environmental Geology and Mining Area (DEGMA); the next change was in 2005 to be Center of Environmental Geology (CEG), and the last change was in 2010 to become CGREG as well as changed of its duty which are focusing on research, services, and policies on groundwater, engineering geology, and environmental geology.

The prime objective of CGREG is to carry out research, investigation, mapping, engineering, modeling, and services in the field of groundwater, engineering geology, and environmental geology, as well as preparing draft of groundwater policies.

CGREG seeks to provide technical guidelines, norms, standards, procedures, criteria, as well as activity plans and programs in the field of groundwater, engineering geology, and environmental geology. It works towards conducting research, investigation, mapping, engineering, and modeling in the field of groundwater, engineering geology, and environmental geology and to provide technical recommendation related to groundwater conservation and utilization permits for trans-provincial and trans-national groundwater basins.

In accordance with the tasks and functions of the institution for supporting various development activities, CGREG will continuously perform activities which are relating to groundwater, engineering geology, and environmental geology.

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Centre of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW)

Centre of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW) is a non-profit research based organization established in 2008 to carry out and promote research related to water, environment and energy, disseminate the research finding and technologies and network with research institutes, private and public sectors and international agencies.

Research priorities of CREEW include but are not limited to groundwater, hydrology and water resources, solid waste and wastewater, public health and sanitation, renewable energy and climate change. All the policy and plans and research activities under each of the prioritized research areas are guided and supervised by young professionals and experts associated with CREEW. It therefore seeks collaborative research with national and international research institutes, provides logistic support to the guest researchers and internship opportunities to young researchers and graduates.

Since its establishment, CREEW has been conducting groundwater collaborative research with universities and funded more than 55 university students for their thesis research. It has accumulated experience and good knowledge on groundwater quality assessment, design and development of water treatment system, and management of water resources. Meanwhile, it is also actively involved in sharing research findings and their policy implications with government authorities, private and public organizations and researchers by organizing regular workshops and symposiums. Monitoring of river quality, groundwater quality and wastewater treatment are also regular activities of the organization.

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Division of Water Resources Planning and Investigation for the South of Vietnam (DWRPIS)

Division of Water Resources Planning and Investigation for the South of Vietnam (DWRPIS) is a government organization for planning, investigation, reconnaissance, exploration and exploitation of water resources in the South of Vietnam.

Established in 1981 as Hydrogeological Division 8 with the missions to proposal and implement projects on investigation, assessment, exploration, exploitation, monitoring and planning of water resources; to ask for permission on water resources exploitation and wastes water discharges.

DWRPIS is an unique organization in the South of Vietnam studying deeply in water resources. During more than 30 years, the Division had completed numerous projects on hydrogeological, engineering geological mapping, water resources assessment and planning; and was responsible for the national water resources monitoring network.

The Division is comprised of 6 Sub-Divisions, the Center for Test and Analysis and the Center for Water resources Services. There are now 374 staff members, of which 4 doctors, 9 master and 126 engineers.

DWRPIS cooperates closely with specialized agencies and other concerned agencies from the provinces in central and southern Vietnam, including the water supply companies, the Departments of Science and Technology, the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment, the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ho Chi Minh city University of Natural Science and the Ho Chi Minh city University of Technology.

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Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad, IITH)

The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad, IITH) is a fast growing public institute established in August 2008 and is located in Medak district, Andhra Pradesh, India. The vision of IITH is to equip students in science, technology and liberal arts to handle the challenges of the nation and the world in 21st century and be the cradle for inventions and innovations. The institute has more than 117 faculties in 12 departments and offers bachelors, masters and PhD degrees in engineering, technology, science and liberal arts. There are several centers to promote and accelerate research. Some of these are Center for Nano-X, Center for Cyber Physical Systems, Center for X-Materials, Center for Sustainable Development, Center for Disaster Management and Center for High Performance Computing. One of the biggest strengths is multidisciplinary – there are several areas where faculty from more than one area come together to work on problems, e.g., computer and communication networks, drug delivery systems, multi-scale science, sustainable development, to name a few. There is a major multi-institutional research project as part of the IITH-Japan collaboration- DISANET: Information Network for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Recovery DISANET: Information Network for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Recovery.

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Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)

WAPDA, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority, was created in 1958, to undertake the task of investigating, planning and executing schemes for irrigation, drainage, prevention of water logging and reclamation of saline land, as an autonomous body responsible for integrated development of water and power resources in Pakistan. The organization was also entrusted with the work of implementing Indus Basin Settlement Plan signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, to develop replacement works for management of river water and irrigation system. Since then it has been engaged in building water development projects which include extensive research and investigations to augment country’s water resources.

The Authority comprises of a Chairman and three Members working through a Secretary. Member (Water) controls the water Sector in the entire country divided into north, central, south zones, generally covering the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and, Sindh and Baluchistan, respectively, for execution of SCARPs, surface and ground water projects. Chief Engineers and Project Directors implement projects falling under regions within the zone. The Planning Division of Water Wing, headed by a General Manager, looks after all planning activities on the water side.

WAPDA is one of the largest employers of human resources in Pakistan. Over the years WAPDA has built-up a reservoir of Technical know-how and expertise, which has made it a modern and progressive organization. International Waterlogging and Salinity Research Institute (IWASRI) of WAPDA was established in 1986 to manage and coordinate the research pertaining to groundwater, waterlogging, salinity, drainage and related fields. The institute is continuing with its research in collaboration with national and international organizations.

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Department of Water Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Department of Water Resources (DWR) is a new established organization (on 17 May 2012). The Department of Water Resources, abbreviated as “DWR “, is one of the departments under the organizational structure of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). DWR plays the roles as a directorate unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in implementation of management, conservation, rehabilitation, utilization and development of surface water, groundwater, spring water, water quantity, water quality in the rivers, channels, cricks, ponds, swarms, wetlands; plants, aquatic life, stones, gravels, sand, minerals, etc. that are available in the water. In this Decision, it is called” Integrated Water Resources Management” through-out the country.

DWR is composed of 5 divisions and 2 centers are namely: Division of Planning and Administration; Division of Water Quality; Division of Law; Division of Groundwater Management; Division of River Basin Planning and Management; Data and Information Management Center and Awareness and Training Center.

The Division of Groundwater Management is mainly mandate to manage the groundwater for the whole of the country in collaborated with related agencies both in national and local level as well as cooperation with national organization for further sustainable groundwater development and management in Lao PDR.

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Yangon University

The University of Yangon had established since 1920. The University located in Kamayut Township is the oldest and most well-known national university among other universities in Myanmar. The University is organized by 20 academic departments (12 Arts Departments and 8 Science Departments) headed by professors. University of Yangon is an institution for under graduate and post graduate studies offering the degrees of BA, BSc, BA (Horns), BSc (Horns), M.phil, MA, MSc, MRes, PhD and Postgraduate Diploma.

Since 1998, University of Yangon has conducted the Human Resource Development Programme. Under this programme, the University provides Diploma courses ( in computer Science, Computer Application, International Law, Marine Law, Business Law, Geographic Information System (GIS), International Relations, Gem Identification, and Oriental Studies) to nurture the technicians and intellectuals needed by community. And also HRD Master Courses in Computer Science (WBTS) and Business Law are conducting. University of Yangon has already initiated doctorate courses in various disciplines since 1994- 95 academic years. It also has Universities’ Research Center (URC) which provides advanced scientific equipments are installed at this center for PhD and Master Students. The URC also provide services to private enterprises and government organizations. Researchers in URC are conducting their research works deal with physics, chemistry, and biology.

University of Yangon is member of ASEAN Universities Network (AUN). There are international collaboration for capacity building such as visiting fellow programs and AUN/SEED-Net scholarship programs between Yangon University and other universities in ASEAN countries, and between Yangon University and Johns Hopkins University, US, and Chaung Ang University, Hanyang University, Korea, and Nagoya University, Japan. Yangon University has recently signed MoU with Thepsatri Rajabhat University, Thanland, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea, Korea Foundation of Advanced Studies, Nagoya University, Japan.

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 Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR)

Since the reformation of Thai governmental system in 2002 (B.E.2545), it was originally constituted of department of groundwater resources as a national focal point of groundwater resources management and administration throughout Thailand. By pointed out our responsibilities, Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) has been undertaken groundwater management under the vision of “To oversee the development and management of Thailand’s integrated groundwater resources so as to ensure national security and future sustainable developments in water resources.”

Furthermore, Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) plays main role of groundwater management efficiently by corresponding with our missions and duties; for examples, 1) Development and management of groundwater resources to their full potential so as to promote the growth of the nation development in a sustainable manner, 2) Regulation of the utilization and conservation of groundwater through laws and regulations with clear enforcement steps,  3) Development equitable groundwater allocation systems for stakeholders from all regions and sectors, 4) Development monitoring systems and groundwater investigation procedures and promulgate awareness of adverse impacts due to groundwater overexploitation in terms of groundwater availability and groundwater quality and 5) Promotion of  public awareness and understanding in appropriate use and conservation of groundwater resources.

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