So at 8:15 am, we all meet-up at the hotel lobby, and headed to the workshop venue (YTU).
At 9:00 am, Dr. Aye Myint, rector of YTU gave a welcome speech. Everyone was excited and prepared for the workshop.
|Center - Rector, YTU; Right - Japanese delegates; Left - Myanmar delegates|
|Kohtake sensei giving a brief explanation about the workshop.|
I was in group D along with Ochii-san, Senior Engineer at the International Affairs Division of Water Resources Engineering Department. We were representing Japan. Our group had 5 Myanmar representatives.
So there we were, 7 of us, ready for a productive discussion! We started with short self-introduction. Then we had to assign a group leader and group name. One of the Myanmar delegates was chosen to be the team leader, however I was asked to present on behalf of our group. Our group name was "Dream Maker"
Post-it, markers and notes were handed to us by Shirai-san, Master student at Keio University (also an organizer of this workshop).
|Shirai-san, Master student at Keio University|
|I was explaining our "Issues" post-it.|
The second round started at 2 pm. This time we were asked to make another post-it for the possible solutions of the issues we discussed in the first round.
During this round, Ichihara san (Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Water Resources Engineering Department) gave a presentation on "Water Resource Utilization and River Management in Japan"
We were then given additional time to edit or add more "solutions".
|Our "Solutions" post-it|
|Our two-axis chart of "solutions"|
|Our CVCA - Flood Hazard Map|
|Groups order - Top to bottom|
Group A - Establishing common database; Group B - Providing Flood Hazard Map Service; Group C - Creating case study for Flood Assessment; Group D - Flood Hazard Map
The first day of the workshop was quite intense and tiring, yet very productive as we were able to identify the current issues of Myanmar and their possible solutions.
At around 6 pm, the first day of the workshop concluded following the individual groups presentation of their CVCA.
Then we headed back to our hotel. And yes you guessed it right, another intense meeting was waiting for us! We had a meeting on the outcomes of the first day in the hotel lobby.
|Everyone seems tired!|
After having dinner, we headed back to our rooms, finished the summary and had some rest (FINALLY)!