September 20, 2017

Vice President cautions against impact of economic growth on environmental

Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the coordination meeting organised by the Central Committee for National Environmental Conservation and Climate Change in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the coordination meeting organised by the Central Committee for National Environmental Conservation and Climate Change in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe has shed light on the impact of economic growth on environmental in the undertaking of national development at a coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, calling for effective efforts toward environmental protection.
The vice president yesterday addressed the coordination meeting organised by the Central Committee for National Environmental Conservation and Climate Change at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation in the capital city.
The vice president said putting a heavy emphasis on economic development with no regard for effective environmental conservation in the past has degraded ecosystems, adding that the ill consequences of climate change must be tackled because they pose a great threat to people and sustainable development. He stressed that sustainable development involves striking a balance between socioeconomic development and environmental protection.
He said national economic policies should encourage national reconciliation, equitable resource allocation among states and regions, and the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources from generation to generation.
He urged officials to follow and put into practice the environmental conservation law, its rules and regulations and the environmental impact assessment regulations in pursuit of national sustainable economic growth.
According to environmentalists, Myanmar is ranked the second most vulnerable country to climate change.
Heavy reliance on natural resources for socioeconomic development has turned out to be a trigger for detrimental effects on forests, minerals, marine resources and biodiversity.
Vice President U Myint Swe called for the implementation of a comprehensive strategy for international cooperation to combat the effects of climate change and step up environmental conservation.
Union Minister U Ohn Win, Chairman of the Central Committee for National Environmental Conservation and Climate Change, briefed the vice president on the organisational structure of his committee and its functions, with officials explaining environmental protection measures across the country.—Myanmar News Agency

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