‘Green con­struc­tion’ meet looks at vi­able eco-friendly hous­ing

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS - Mark Yang

The Mayor of Yan­gon U Hla Myint at­tended the “1st Green Con­struc­tion Sum­mit” in Yan­gon this week which looked at a whole range of con­struc­tion op­tions that are more “eco-friendly” com­pared with tra­di­tional, typ­i­cally Western-style build­ing tech­niques. The sum­mit was held on Novem­ber 19 at Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee City Hall and was or­ga­nized by Green Lo­tus Foun­da­tion, ALARM/ ECODEV and the Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

Par­tic­i­pants at the day-long con­fer­ence dis­cussed ev­ery­thing from how Yan­gon will feel the ef­fects of cli­mate change to sus­tain­able house, to how to make eco-friendly hous­ing fi­nan­cially vi­able.

Mr Jean-Marc Brule, Green Lo­tus co-founder and Paris re­gion mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, said: “Myan­mar has been ranked by Ger­man Watch as the sec­ond most heated coun­try in terms of cli­mate change ef­fects from 2006 to 2013, af­ter Hon­duras. Myan­mar has turned to be among the five most en­dan­gered coun­tries in the world un­der cli­mate change. Coun­tries which would be really heated by cli­mate change in the next 50-100 years are mostly in South East Asia. It’s a South­east Asia chal­lenge and also a world chal­lenge.”

Myan­mar had ex­pe­ri­enced Cy­clone Nar­gis in 2008. And Myan­mar faces flood­ing in this year 2015, both of which could be due to nat­u­ral weather cy­cles or wors­ened by man-made cli­mate change. “This is only start­ing” Mr. Brule said. “In the very near fu­ture, the Nar­gis Cy­clone will re­peat it­self ev­ery two years and then ev­ery year. It’s be­cause of a lot of heat. We have to adapt. And also to ask for in­ter­na­tional sup­port to re­pair the dam­age and to pro­tect peo­ple.”

U Hla Myint, the mayor of Yan­gon, said: “In to­day’s con­fer­ence, the build­ing de­signs which are rel­e­vant to the en­vi­ron­ment will be shown. I would sug­gest to copy­cat them. Myan­mar should study the eco-friendly build­ing de­signs and green ac­ces­sories ahead of time for the fu­ture so that next gen­er­a­tions can live a bet­ter life and will be free from var­i­ous kinds of diseases. And also let’s try to help solve the prob­lems of global warm­ing.” He also called for me­dia and var­i­ous aca­demics to help.

“Aca­demics and var­i­ous me­dia, please try to in­tro­duce rel­e­vant green tech­nolo­gies, sys­tems and prac­tices to not only the busi­ness­men, but also to the con­sumers. To make Yan­gon City green and sus­tain­able for the long run, we will co­op­er­ate with rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions,” the mayor said.

In the pre­sen­ta­tion “City fac­ing with Cli­mate Change” con­ducted by Mrs Linda Yarr, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity, she said: “Sus­tain­abil­ity is the bal­ance of en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sources, so­cial eq­uity and eco­nomic pros­per­ity across the globe and across gen­er­a­tions. Myan­mar should try green growth-plan­ning for a low-car­bon fu­ture. Min­istries should have cli­mate-wise de­vel­op­ment, main­stream­ing aware­ness of cli­mate change. They should prac­tice in­clu­sive-gen­der, care for mi­nor­ity groups and try to find re­gional bal­ance.”

Mr Jean-Marc Brule of Green Lo­tus. Photo: Mark Yang

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