IGES' s session on "Enabling Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Development for Myanmar" at the second Green Economy Green Growth Myanmar forum
The Second Green Economy Green Growth (GEGG) Myanmar forum took place between 13-15 November in Nay Pyi Daw, and on 16 November in Yangon. The forum attracted more than 500 participants from inside and outside Myanmar, including Dr. Sai Mauk Kham, the Vice President of Myanmar. Participants discussed how to implement GEGG in Myanmar, and offered to organise capacity building workshops and support the establishment of centres of excellence for GEGG in Myanmar.

IGES co-organised a session entitled ‘Enabling Low carbon and Climate Resilient Development for Myanmar’ on the first day of the forum. The session was attended by about 130 representatives from the Myanmar government, international organisations, universities, research institutes, NGOs and the private sector.

Over three sub-sessions, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, Asian Development Bank, Kitakyushu City, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, and researchers from IGES provided overviews and recommendations on low-carbon and climate resilient development from both policy and practical perspectives.

The key subjects covered included Myanmar’s current environmental status, policy frameworks for low carbon and climate resilient development including market mechanisms, as well experiences from neighbouring countries, knowledge management and international cooperation. Myanmar experts and participants discussed the relevance of the recommendations and the enabling factors for implementation.

13 November 2012
Myanmar International Convention Centre, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Green Growth Green Economy (GEGG)-Myanmar Association
Sub session organised by:
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
About 130
Session Summary:(25KB)
Background Paper:(1MB)
Presentation Materials
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Key Messages
  • Developing Asian countries, including Myanmar, possess high potential and specific advantages for responding to climate change by decisively pursuing a "no-regrets" low-carbon growth strategy.
  • Myanmar may draw from the experiences of neighbouring Least Developed Countries (LDCs) - such as Bhutan, Bangladesh and Lao PDR - to "leapfrog" into a low-carbon and climate-resilient society. These include strategic framing to align climate change issues with national development priorities, inclusive planning and implementation as well as sensible and diversified financing/assistance strategies.
  • In Myanmar, even though specific low-carbon policies are yet to be defined, the basic policy and regulatory framework is already in place. Building on this, rich low-carbon development opportunities in renewable energy and agriculture could be harnessed with further strengthening of environmental laws and governing institutions.
  • Finally, international cooperation, market mechanisms and knowledge management could provide valuable support for capacity building and raising awareness towards accelerating progress on low-carbon and resilient growth.
  • Among others, networks such as the Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) are regional platforms which provide a platform for policymakers and practitioners to exchange knowledge and foster mutual learning.

Agenda and Presentations
Introductory session
Overview of the environmental status: where does Myanmar stand now?
Greetings and introduction to the session: Masaya Fujiwara, Principal Fellow, IGES
Chair: Daisuke Sano, Director of Bangkok Regional Centre, IGES
- The state of environment in Myanmar Peter King, Senior Policy Advisor, IGES(1MB)
- What international cooperation can offer for low-carbon and climate-resilient Myanmar
Kotaro Kawamata, Director, International Cooperation Office, Ministry of the Environment, Japan(1.1MB)
Session 1:
Why does climate change matter for Myanmar? Lessons from Asian neighbours
Chair: Daisuke Sano, Director of Bangkok Regional Centre, IGES
-Climate change and Asia Masaya Fujiwara, Principal Fellow, IGES(2.2MB)
-Asian LDCs and Climate: Case for the early Action Koji Fukuda, Policy Researcher, IGES(1.6MB)
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Session 2:
Policy instruments for low-carbon development: possible options for Myanmar
Chair: Koji Fukuda, Policy Researcher, IGES
-Readiness for Market mechanism
Kazuhisa Koakutsu
, Deputy Director of Market Mechanism Group, IGES(618KB)
-Low-carbon investment opportunities and challenges in Myanmar
Mari Yoshitaka, Chief Consultant, Clean Energy Finance Division, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities(490KB)
-Low-carbon development from cities perspective
Toshiro Yamashita, Executive Director, Control and Inspection Department, Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu(1.2MB)
-Myanmar’s future potentials in low-carbon energy
U Win Khaing, Pro-Rector, President, Myanmar Engineering Society(4.3MB)
-Low-carbon agricultural practices enabling low-carbon for green economy pathway
San Win, Pro-Rector, University of Forestry, Yetzin, Myanmar(3MB)
Session 3:
Policy instruments for climate-resilient development: possible options for Myanmar
Chair: Kazuhisa Koakutsu, Deputy Director of Market Mechanism Group, IGES
-Climate resilient infrastructure and environmental safeguard
Putu M. Kamayana
, Director of Myanmar office, Asian Development Bank(2.1MB)
-Helping policy development through knowledge sharing and management
Daisuke Sano, Director of Bangkok Regional Centre, IGES(235KB)
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