Myanmar aspires for green policies to safeguard rich natural resources

Nov 22, 2013

Green policies are being formulated to help Myanmar safeguard its rich natural resources. Photo: Tom Cheatham/UNDP

Yangon - UNDP has partnered with the government of Myanmar to help achieve its aspirations for green policies to safeguard and sustainably manage its rich natural resources.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, UNDP jointly organized the parallel session in the Yangon Segment of the Third Green Economy Green Growth (GEGG) forum on 22 November. ‘Myanmar style’ has a unique sustainable development path, and it is essential for Myanmar to build the capacity for understanding and keeping track of loss and gain of natural capital the country harbors. Natural capitals range from non-renewable capital such as mineral, oil and gas deposits and an amazing array of terrestrial and marine biodiversity and a vast range of ecosystem services it generate. 

 ‘Myanmar can generate and use biodiversity and ecosystem information,’ says Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar. ‘And the information needs to be integrated in the national and local development planning processes and practices, and applied in planning and management of production sectors.’

Drawing on the experiences from working supporting sustainable human development in 177 countries over the last six decades, UNDP has provided substantive contribution to the GEGG session entitled ‘Strategies for Maintaining Myanmar’s Natural Capital and Building Resilience for Sustainable, Inclusive and Equitable Development’. It introduced a number of strategies and tools that can be employed for building the foundation for natural resource stewardship.  These included integrated land and seascape management, protected area spatial and sectoral integration. 

UNDP also articulated during the session, the role of ecosystems in disaster mitigation and management in order to build the country’s disaster resilience.

‘The economic, environment, and social systems are interacting and contributing together to sustainable development. Environment conservation, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation should be integrated in the policies and strategies for sustainable development in Myanmar’, says Lat Lat Aye, the Team Leader for the UNDP’s Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.

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