October 19, 2017

Regional environmental group seeks deeper involvement with Myanmar

A boy drinks water from a pot after playing with his friends in this image captured by Myanmar photographer Thandar Soe for a photo contest  organised by ICIMOD. In some villages in Myanmar, traditional drinking water pots are found throughout the village for all to use.
A boy drinks water from a pot after playing with his friends in this image captured by Myanmar photographer Thandar Soe for a photo contest
organised by ICIMOD. In some villages in Myanmar, traditional drinking water pots are found throughout the village for all to use.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, an eight-nation grouping that promotes ecologically sustainable projects in the Himalayan region, showcased its work in Myanmar at an event in Nay Pyi Taw, the organisation said Thursday.
Myanmar-ICIMOD Partners Day was aimed at strengthening Myanmar’s involvement with the eight-member ICIMOD, which works closely with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. The event also provided networking opportunities and promoted the work of ICIMOD’s partners in Myanmar.
In his address at the event on Wednesday, Union Minister U Win Tun highlighted the importance of regional and international partners for making progress in the country’s priority areas including agriculture and tourism.
He acknowledged that cooperation with ICIMOD supports the government’s commitment to ensuring sustainability of mountain environments and addressing problems facing the mountain areas that make up 42 percent of the country.
“We seek guidance from you on how to deepen our engagement and ensure that we are responding to your priorities,” said ICIMOD’s Director General Dr David Molden, who urged stronger collaboration between member nations and Myanmar.
The centre in recent years has expanded its programmes in Myanmar, which hosted the ICIMOD annual board meeting in 2012.
Myanmar is a founding member of the ICIMOD, which also includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India Nepal and Pakistan.

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