ADB environment support to Myanmar was boosted on 30 January following the signing of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the environment ministry for the GMS Core Environment Program (CEP).
The LOA provides $300,000 funding support for a CEP National Support Unit to be embedded within the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF).
“We are very pleased to provide this financial and operational support to MOECAF to increase its capacity to deliver on CEP, including cross-sector collaboration,”Javed Mir, Director, ADB Southeast Asia Department, said during the signing ceremony.
Current CEP activities in Myanmar include support to establish a national system for environmental impact assessment, helping build an online environment information portal, and development of a national ecotourism policy and management strategy. CEP is also exploring livelihood support opportunities through value chain and payments for environmental services activities.
U Nay Aye, Director General of the Environmental Conservation Department who signed on behalf of MOECAF, thanked ADB for its “excellent support to Myanmar in developing a green and clean country.”
The LOA signing ceremony was held in the MOECAF offices in Nay Pyi Taw, the day after the conclusion of the 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting held 27–29 January in the capital. Attendees included ministry staff headed by the Deputy Minister of Environment, Dr. Thet Thet Zin, as well as ADB and EOC representatives.
Published: 29th January 2015
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