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October 21, 2019

Environmental Conservation committee meets

Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the meeting of the fifth coordination meeting of the National Level Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Central Committee in Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe spoke before a meeting of the Central Committee for National Level Environmental Conservation and Climate Change yesterday, saying the country’s natural resources need to be managed more effectively with well-planned residential housing, better waste disposal, and responsible land usage.
U Myint Swe’s comments came at the fifth coordination meeting of the National Level Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Central Committee held at the meeting hall of the Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Ministry in Nay Pyi Taw.
As the population increases, natural resources are over-extracted, waste is improperly disposed, emissions from factories increases, water, land and air become polluted, the natural environment is degraded and climate change problems are encountered. These are major challenges to sustainable development and severely hinder efforts to reduce poverty, the Vice President said.
To overcome these challenges, natural resources need to be maintained and managed systematically and effectively to ensure sustained usage.
In addition to increasing regional cooperation through systematic coordination and cooperation with relevant departments and organisations, management of land usage, allocation of residential housing, and systematic waste disposal need to be conducted in accordance to the present time and system, he said.
As local and foreign investments are being invited for the economic development of Myanmar, the matter of environmental conservation and climate change needs to be coordinated and conducted up to international norms and standards, and the committees need to coordinate with relevant ministries, investors, non-government organisations and civil service societies, the Vice President said.
This is the fifth central committee coordination meeting. In the past meetings, there were 64 decisions made out of which 44 were completed, while 20 are still under implementation.
According to reports submitted, the Ministry of Information was seen to have increased the knowledge of environmental conservation and climate change.
The Ministry of Education is known to be conducting university-level specialised subjects on environmental conservation and climate change as well as including these subjects in the basic level education curriculum.
For the sustainable development of Myanmar, the three main pillars of economic, social and environmental conservation need to be balanced.
Together with the changing direction of international environmental conservation and to face the environmental conservation challenges of the present, sector-wide national environmental policy and strategic frameworks are to be assessed and submitted to the union government according to procedure, he said.
The meeting was attended by Central Committee Chairman Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win, Central Committee member Deputy Attorney-General U Win Myint and Central Committee members, environmental conservation and climate change supervisory chairmen Nay Pyi Taw Council member, states/regions government ministers, officials from six work committees, permanent secretaries, representatives from non-government organisations and civil society organisations and officials.

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