A new and comprehensive national environmental policy for Myanmar

Dec 12, 2016

[Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 9, 2016] Over 100 participants from government, civil society organizations and development partners are finalizing the draft National Environmental Policy which will ensure environmental protection and sustainable development across Myanmar.

Today’s workshop is the final stage of consultation for the development of the National Environmental Policy.

H.E. U Htay Aung, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MNREC) said, “In 1994, Myanmar developed a national environmental policy to integrate environmental governance into the national economic development programme. Now, Myanmar needs a new multifaceted national environmental policy and strategic framework that addresses new challenges.”
Since 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been supporting the government of Myanmar to formulate a new national environmental policy that places environmental considerations at the centre of efforts to promote economic and social development, reduce poverty, and mitigate and adapt to climate change and natural disasters.

Daw Lat Lat Aye from UNDP said, “Recently the government of Myanmar adopted a national economic policy in which environmental conversation is included as one of the underlying principles. This shows Myanmar is committed to achieve sustainable development while protecting its rich environmental resources. The new national environmental policy will complement the national economic policy.”

The policy recognizes Myanmar’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Civil society organizations and grassroots groups have provided inputs to the draft policy through State and Region level consultations held this year. The final draft policy covers three strategic areas – (a) clean environment and healthy, functioning ecosystems, (b) sustainable development, and (c) mainstreaming environmental protection and management.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation will submit this draft policy to the National Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee after incorporating suggestions and comments from consultative workshops. UNDP will continue providing support to the Ministry for the development of the strategic framework for the policy’s  implementation.

UNDP is working with the Government of Myanmar to improve environmental governance. Work on the national environment policy has been made possible with funding from the government of Finland.

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