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Myanmar on its Way to Undertake Prioritised Agendas of the Climate Change Strategy

Myanmar is on its way to implement the agendas incorporated in the Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan to achieve climate change resilient and sustainable development by 2030, according to a workshop held on October 26.

The Workshop on Choosing Initial Agendas to Implement the Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (MCCSAP) took place in Nay Pyi Taw to opt for the prioritised agendas in the implementation of the strategy. Under the MCCSAP that runs from 2016 to 2030, agendas to be implemented during the next fifteen years from now on cover ensuring food security through agriculture, livestock and fishery, creating an improved ecosystem including water security and forest resources preservation, developing energy, transport and industrial enterprises that are resilient to climate change and guarantee sustainability, achieving sustainable development through mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters, designing a healthy social community by reducing the longterm negative effects of climate change and disasters, building a society that is well learned to respond t o c l i m a t e c h a n g e b y p r o m o t i n g k n o w l e d g e and technical e x p e r t i s e , a c c o r d i n g t o t h e workshop. As a guiding f r a m e w o r k to respond to climate change and contribute t o a c h i e v e m e n t o f s u s t a i n a b l e development, national-level climate change policy, strategy and action plan have been drafting and agendas will be publicised soon after completing the final touches.

Myanmar is facing challenges related to technology, fund and capacity to carry out the agendas under the strategy, said Ohn Win, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Conservation, in his keynote speech at the workshop. While some activities can be addressed through the State budget, some need support and assistance from international organisations. In order to respond to the adverse forms of climate change which cause substantial damage to socio-economic development of Myanmar people, a climate change programme for the country was launched since 2013 with assistance by the European Union (EU) and a group of United Nations organisations. The MCCSAP The goal of the MCCSAP (2016-2030) is to help Myanmar achieve climate resilient development and pursue a low-carbon development pathway by 2030 through guiding the government and its development partners, private sector stakeholders, civil society and households to invest in a climate resilient and low carbon development pathway in order to secure inclusive and sustainable development. The strategy and action plan presents a roadmap to guide Myanmar’s strategic responses to address climate related risks and opportunities over the next 15 years and beyond, aiming to support key actors in their decision-making at the national and local levels in dealing with the challenges and opportunities associated with climate change and natural disasters.

It outlines a vision, goal and objectives to direct a transition to a climate resilient and low carbon development route that will deliver inclusive economic and social development.

It also outlines an implementation framework to coordinate and implement climate resilient and low carbon development initiatives, with the two objectives of increasing the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities and sectors so that they are resilient to the adverse impacts of climate change, and creating and maximising the use of opportunities for sectors to pursue a low carbon development pathway by ensuring development benefits to communities and all economic sectors.