At the Summit, U Ohn Winn particularly underscored that Myanmar would continue to prioritize sustainable forest management, as it is essential to protect against Myanmar’s vulnerability to landslides, flooding and storm surges.
In the forestry sector, Myanmar has been working on restoring degraded and sensitive forest areas through community based reforestation and enhancing rural livelihoods in degraded watershed areas, coastal areas and northern hilly regions. UNDP, in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society and with funding from GEF, is also implementing a project, “Sustainability of protected area management in Myanmar”, which aims to strengthen the terrestrial system of national protected areas for biodiversity conservation through enhanced representation, management effectiveness, monitoring, enforcement and financing.
These initiatives are expected to restore, conserve and even expand forests and protected areas so that the rich diversity of flora and fauna, including some of the critically endangered species, could be protected.
A recent study, involving Wildlife Conservation Society, identified 331 endangered species in Myanmar, with illegal trade, poaching and habitat loss as significant problems that need to be addressed.
While some highly significant progress has been made in the areas of biodiversity conservation and building resilience, as Minister U Ohn Winn said during his deliberations on the sidelines of Climate Summit, to continue scaling up its adaptation efforts, Myanmar would need international support to help achieve its “vision of a sustainable and resilient future”.