August 20, 2016

Maintaining Myanmar’s carbon-sink status discussed at workshop

Myanmar has been ranked second in the world among countries most exposed and vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change

Dignitaries pose for photo at knowledge sharing workshop on the outcome of COP-21 and its implications.
Dignitaries pose for photo at knowledge sharing workshop on the outcome of COP-21 and its implications.

A KNOWLEDGE sharing workshop on the outcome of COP-21 and its implications in Myanmar took place in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The meeting focused on exchanging the latest information on the challenges of climate change.
The main purpose of the workshop is to share the outcomes of the recently-conducted 21st session of the conference of the parties to UNFCCC (COP 21) on 7 and 8 December in Paris, and to discuss possibilities for Myanmar to deliver the provisions of the Paris Agreement.
The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, the United Nations Development Programmes and relevant organisations participated in the discussions.
The activities of the Myanmar delegates during the COP-21 and an overview of COP-21 and the 11th session of the conference of parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP11) were among the topics discussed at the meeting.
The long-term temperature goal agreed to in Paris was a key point in the discussion. Participants also discussed highlights of some side events on financing climate change plans.
“Adaptation is important to the country and building climate resilience remains our absolute priority,” said Dr Daw Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry Ministry.
The forestry and energy sectors play an important role in maintaining the country’s carbon-sink status included in the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, which was submitted to the United Nations in September this year.
“Climate change represents a major challenge for Myanmar as it is frequently affected by climate-included disasters such as droughts, floods and cyclones. It is also rated as one of the most vulnerable countries affected by extreme weather events,” said Mr Toily Kurbanov, Country Director of UNDP.
“With 25.6 % of the population living below the poverty line, the effects of climate change are felt disproportionately by the poorest and most vulnerable people of Myanmar.”


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