Pres­i­dent out­lines steps for green fu­ture

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

PRES­I­DENT U Htin Kyaw set out the gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion for the coun­try’s tran­si­tion to a green econ­omy yes­ter­day in an open­ing ad­dress to the 5th Green Econ­omy Green Growth Fo­rum, held in Nay Pyi Taw.

Six broad mea­sures – in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor, chang­ing the pub­lic’s con­sump­tion habits and de­vel­op­ing fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in­no­va­tion – make up the gov­ern­ment’s over­ar­ch­ing plan for a greener fu­ture.

“While we are tran­si­tion­ing to a green econ­omy, it will be very im­por­tant to en­sure that the sus­tain­abil­ity of nat­u­ral re­sources, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment are taken into ac­count when im­ple­ment­ing na­tional plans for eco­nomic development,” U Htin Kyaw said.

A va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies and frame­works to sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s green econ­omy goals are cur­rently in development, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, the pres­i­dent added.

Re­duc­tion of car­bon emis­sions and a shift to clean en­ergy were high­lighted by the pres­i­dent as ma­jor pri­or­i­ties for pol­icy development and strate­gic com­mit­ments, given the global fo­cus on th­ese is­sues.

More than 50 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts at­tended the fo­rum, which was in­tended to en­cour­age busi­nesses, ex­perts and the pub­lic to col­lab­o­rate on the coun­try’s fu­ture en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies.

“The re­sults of this fo­rum will con­trib­ute ideas to na­tional development projects,” said Min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion U Ohn Win. “It will help to achieve the sus­tain­able development goal of mak­ing our coun­try a ‘green econ­omy’. The frame­work will ben­e­fit and sup­port sus­tain­abil­ity in Myan­mar’s chang­ing econ­omy for the good of ex­ist­ing and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The coun­try’s stake in one of the planet’s most press­ing con­cerns, global warm­ing, is greater than most oth­ers: Last year, the ad­vo­cacy group Ger­man­watch’s “Global Cli­mate Risk In­dex 2016” found that from 1995 to 2014, Myan­mar was one of three na­tions most af­fected by ex­treme weather events, which are of­ten linked to cli­mate change.

– Trans­la­tion by Zaw Nyunt

Photo: Swan Ye Htut

Pres­i­dent U Htin Kyaw de­liv­ers an open­ing ad­dress at the 5th Green Econ­omy Green Growth Fo­rum in Nay Pyi Taw yes­ter­day.

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