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Myanmar hydropower SEA Final Report released

Yangon, Myanmar – November 28th, 2018

Final Report of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector in Myanmar is now available. 

Myanmar currently has the lowest rate of electrification in Southeast Asia, with only 40% of the population supplied. Hydropower has huge potential to address this demand. However, conventional hydropower development is the region has often been carried out without due consideration for cumulative effects on basin health, ecosystem services and local communities. Accordingly, the SEA of the hydropower sector in Myanmar has sought to provide a Sustainable Development Framework for hydropower in each of Myanmar’s major river basins to balance economic development with healthy river functioning and social equity “over the next century and beyond.”

This report – the culmination of work which has been ongoing since 2016, outlines significant environmental and social issues, analyses sustainability requirements for each major basin in Myanmar, and provides a Sustainable Development Framework implementation plan with practical recommendations for hydropower policy, design, planning, siting, implementation and management. Read the full report now 

The overall SEA was carried out by ICEM and the Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development, and the Final Report prepared by IFC. The SEA was led by Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) and Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), with support from Australian Aid and IFC.

For more information, visit the SEA of the Hydropower Sector in Myanmar project page

Read 10 things you should know about the Myanmar hydropower SEA

GIS Training conducted with key ministries in Myanmar as follow-up to the SEA of hydropower

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – 19th-20th November

The Geographic Information System (GIS) training, which took place from the 19th-20th of November in Nay Pyi Taw, was conducted as a follow up activity to the Myanmar hydropower Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which ICEM completed on commission from IFC earlier in 2018. The outcome of the SEA included several reports detailing the environmental and social implications of hydropower development in Myanmar and a Sustainable Development Framework implementation plan for the sector with practical recommendations. The training course provided an additional level of technical support to complement these knowledge products. The goal of providing GIS capacity building is to build on the SEA process and results, and provide relevant Myanmar government ministries with the tools to conduct similar analyses and better plan for future hydropower projects not included in the 2018 SEA.

The training involved technical staff from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). Participants learned how to perform basic functions of GIS along with their application to the SEA analysis and hydropower dams. The training included presentations, guided exercises, and group exercises. Other practical GIS applications were presented as well, including using cell phones as a GPS tool to collect spatial information in the field. There was a great level of engagement and the training was considered a success by IFC. ICEM will conduct a second, more extensive GIS training in early 2019 for a larger audience to present more advanced topics and further build GIS capacity for government ministries in hydropower sector development planning within river basin contexts

Visit the SEA of the Hydropower Sector in Myanmar project page

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Youth and climate change conference: “the challenge is today, which solutions for tomorrow?”

Hanoi, Vietnam – 3rd November, 2018

Vietnam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Building resilience to climate change is, therefore, an urgent task and a major challenge for maintaining the country’s economic growth in the short term and for improving quality of life for all in the long term. Despite that fact, there is still some ambiguity around what ‘resilience’ means in policy and practice.

In order to build a better understanding of resilience among young people and to support Vietnam government’s efforts in building climate resilience, this November, French Development Agency (AfD) partnered with Ministry of Planning and Investment and Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to organise the conference “Youth and climate change: the challenge is today, which solutions for tomorrow?” at Hanoi University of Science. The one-day event highlighted the cooperation and support between French government and Vietnamese counterparts in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the commitment of the two countries to meet their goals under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Dr Linda Tomasini introducing tools to assess and monitor climate impacts

The conference served as a platform to share international and local best practices in strengthening climate resilience in urban planning, urban development, flood management and coastal erosion management. Policy makers from Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development presented government policies and plans towards addressing climate change impacts in delta, coastal and urban settings. Key experts also shared their experience with different tools and solutions to improve understanding of risks […]