GEGG 4 FINAL REPORT 20 Mar 2015

FINAL PROGRAMME & REPORT

With Summary Highlights and Major recommendations
www.geggmyanmar.org

FOURTH GREEN ECONOMY GREEN GROWTH , GEGG FORUM

Expanding Cooperation & Deepening Integration
For Sustainable Natural Resources, Social & Economic Development

3 & 4 February 2015, Nay Pyi Taw Segment at MICC- 2
Addressing Policy, Strategy, Economics, Financing

5 & 6 February 2015, Mandalay Segment at Mandalay University, Convocation Hall
Addressing Science, Engineering, Technology, Management with attention on Dry Zones

GEGG 4 BRIEF SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS & MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS
(Expanded Sessions Summaries and Recommendations are in Annex 10. Photographs of the GEGG 4 Forum are in Annexes A to D)

H.E U Thein Sein, President Republic of the Union of Myanmar delivered the Opening Address, appreciating the GEGG 4 Theme; recognizing the continued and expanding initiatives of the GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) Association; the extensive renovations of the Center of Excellence for Greening, CoE-G; the establishment of the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy, AIGE; the visit of their Majesties the King and Queen of Norway during the State Visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the unveiling of the GEGG CoE-G and AIGE Plaques by their Majesties .
The President also remarked “the annual GEGG forums have provided policy and strategy inputs and it would be a facility for supporting and implementing practices” (Annex 1 &2 President’s Opening Address in Myanmar and English; Annex 3 Union Minister U Win Tun Closing Statement; Annex 8 & 9 U Thein Tun Welcome Remarks in Myanmar & English)

The President was accompanied by H.E the Vice President U Nyan Tun.
18 Union Ministers and 6 Deputy Ministers attended.

Opening Session Welcome Remarks were delivered by H.E Mrs. Ann Ollestad, Ambassador of Norway to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Annex 6) and Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

The 3 consecutive eminent persons Round table dialogue were respectively Chaired by H.E U Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister for Foreign Affairs; H.E U Win Tun, Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry; and H.E Dr. U Ko Ko Oo, Minister for Science and Technology.

The Mandalay Segment was Opened by H.E U Ye Myint, Chief Minister Mandalay Region and attended by 6 Regional Ministers. (Annex 4 & 5 are the Myanmar and English Opening Address)
The Plenary Round Table addressing the Topic of “The Inter-connectedness of Biological and Cultural Diversities” was Chaired by H.E Professor Daw Sandar Khin, Deputy Minister for Culture.
Mandalay, at the center of archeological heritage, typified by the 2000 + years Ancient Kingdom of Phyu, now inscribed in the World Heritage List, has diverse cultures and ecosystems.

Processes, mechanisms, and opportunities for expanding cooperation in and deepening integration for the three Topics of GEGG 4: Green Productivity Improvements; Green, Resilient, Smart Built Systems; and Responsible and Sustainable Tourism were presented and extensively discussed at the 3 Round Tables and 8 Parallel Sessions, with 68 speakers in the Nay Pyi Taw segment.
In the Mandalay Segment, with focus on Dry Zones, there were one Plenary Round Table, 7 Parallel Sessions and 54 Speakers.
450 and 421 participants registered for the Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay segments.
Over 60 participants were from the Regions of Myanmar, with the Mayor of Mandalay, and 8 Regional Ministers participating.

SOME MAJOR OUTCOMES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

(More detailed Recommendations and Outcomes are in Annex 7)

  • 1.1 Continued and increased interest in and commitment to greening at the highest levels of central and regional governments, parliament, private sector, academia, civil society organizations and media, in light of the growing awareness of and concerns with the impacts of climate change.
  • 1.2 Need for implementation and transforming policies and concepts into practices.
  • 1.3 Imperative need for increasing and expanding cooperation amongst the regions in the country and with ASEAN Member States and beyond, taking into account the imminent AEC and the unprecedented threats posed by climate change.
  • 1.4 The AIGE provides a mechanism for strengthening cooperation.
  • 1.5 Education, training, capacity building, research on greening science, technologies and management practices need to be expeditiously increased and expanded, and augmented by public awareness and information to change behavioral patterns.
  • 1.6 An increasing number of networks are emerging, providing opportunities for knowledge and experience sharing and strengthening cooperation.
  • 1.7 There should be more City to City collaboration
  • 1.8 Need for a dedicated funding mechanism / facility to catalyze enable and accelerate greening technologies and management practices.

GREEN PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT

  • 2.1 Sustainable harvesting and production of rice production in the delta, groundnuts in the dry zone, or fishing in the ocean requires knowledge and use of best practices.
  • 2.2 To help rural farmers and fishermen, there should be extension support for training, opportunities to add value to their products and access to markets to sell them.
  • 2.3 Diversification of agriculture products would help promote resilience to changes in climate and market fluctuations.
  • 2.4 For agriculture and fishery production truly to be sustainable, it must be integrated with energy, water, soil, and forest management.
  • 2.6 To respond and build resilience to climate change, Myanmar needs to build its knowledge base on climate change trends, what adaptation measures work, and what gaps exist in terms of knowledge, capacity, and materials.
  • 2.7 There is an urgent need to set up an early warning system to disseminate short-term weather forecasts and medium- to long-term climate projections to local Dry Zone communities for increasing the resilience of local livelihoods.
  • 2.8 It is essential to introduce carbon rich farming system such as enriching soil carbon, incorporating perennial trees in cropping systems and promoting climate-friendly livestock production system, and soil conservation.
  • 2.9 For better soil management practices increase crop rotation, mulching, composting, green manuring, N-fixing cover crop planting, intercropping, use of livestock manure, reduce tillage, zero tillage, efficient application of manure, fertilizer and water.
  • 2.10 For increasing and improving water resources management tap underground water for drinking and irrigation purposes and small tank for irrigation.
  • 2.11 Increasing the provision of agricultural loans from agricultural bank, regional governments, bi-lateral and multi- lateral sources.
  • 2.12 Need to improve key challenges of inadequate infrastructure, limited “know-how” and administrative constraints for the livestock sector in the Dry Zone.
  • Increase and expand alternative income and energy sources to support Dry Zone greening process.
  • 2.13 Build upon the emerging opportunities as the country engages more with the international community and the Government makes more commitment on environmental conservation and new global incentives for conserving natural resources (CDM, REDD+, PES).
  • 2.14 Mainstreaming adaptation needs of Myanmar and leveraging domestic and private sector funding will be important.
  • 2.15 Poverty reduction and economic growth can be sustained if natural resources (land, water, forests) are managed in a sustainable manner. Green Productivity improvement can stimulate rural economy, create jobs, help maintain ecosystem and strengthen climate change resilience of rural communities.
  • 2.16 Massive changes in land and water resources in Ayeyarwady River Basin, increasing demand in agricultural products for national and international markets builds more pressure on natural resources such as land and water as well as on the livelihoods that rely on them.
  • 2.17 Climate change is projected to worsen existing conditions, especially regarding local livelihoods, decreasing productivity of main agricultural crops such as rice may accompany this change if suitable adaptation measures are not implemented
  • 2.18 Tools and approaches in water resources planning such as remote sensing and GIS analysis combined with ground-truth data can help promote better water resources planning.
  • 2.19 Participatory scenario building process in developing the visions for long term futures is another tool which can be applied to deal with diverse uncertainties
  • 2.20 Myanmar can prepare natural capital assessments at both the local and national levels.
  • 2.21 Design and build infrastructure in a way that both enhances economic benefits to the whole country AND enhances water flows and other ecosystem benefits to people.
  • 2.22 Principles that can guide developing environmentally sustainable transport infrastructure include:
  • LOCATE transport infrastructure outside areas of high natural capital value to preserve Myanmar’s globally significant biodiversity and to prevent negative impacts on important ecosystem services that are crucial for local economies.

    DESIGN Transport infrastructure by taking into account the value of natural capital in order to minimize social and environmental impacts and to improve the resilience of transport networks while satisfying transportation needs.

    MITIGATE and monitor social and environmental impacts from transport infrastructure development and operation through applying measures that both prevent and alleviate negative impacts.

GREEN, RESILIENT, SMART, BUILT SYSTEMS

  • 3.1 Migration to urban areas in the coming years: Study and anticipate the effects of massive migration from rural areas to urban areas within social, environmental and economic considerations
  • 3.2 Low-carbon cities for climate change resilience: Produce low-carbon measures studies and implement them in the urban planning of the city to ensure green growth and savings.
  • 3.3 Transport and urban planning: The 5Ds strategy (Density, Diversity, Design, Destination accessibility, Distance to transit) reflects the key points that should be considered when establishing the plan of a city.
  • 3.4 Technology and finance are key aspects for promoting green, resilient and smart built systems. Myanmar could establish a focal point, with a sound knowledge management function to support informed planning and decision making, to strategically take and mix opportunities offered by bilateral and multilateral development partners and private sector, including the Joint Crediting Mechanism between Japan and Myanmar.
  • 3.5 City-to-city cooperation could be an effective approach to materialize the “green, resilient and smart” concept into practice, in which a successful package including policy, technology and finance can be shared among the partnering cities.
  • 3.6 To foster/strengthen researchers’ community to improve sound science-based climate policy is a key.
  • 3.7 Myanmar has opportunity not only to learn past experiences of other countries, but also to promote knowledge-sharing and mutual learning amongst countries in the region.
  • 3.8 An urgent need identified for Mandalay City is to shift from traditional end-of-life disposal system to a more integrated system that promotes the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) based on the waste hierarchy. This would also requires an integrating treatment system with other urban services including drainage and sanitation.
  • 3.9 To ensure sustainability, the choice of technology for modernization of MSWM system in Mandalay city need to be integrated with relevant policies, incentives, monitoring tools, political support, partnership with private sector and citizen participation.
  • 3.10 Environmental education and awareness raising is important to promote changes in citizen’s attitudes leading to change their behaviors. This can be started from the schools and new learning methods should be applied to augment traditional class-room lectures.
  • 3.11 International city-to-city co-operation is one of the best ways of transferring experiences. Such as between Kitakyushu City and Mandalay City with the aim to develop Mandalay as an eco-model city in ASEAN.

RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

  • 4.1 Need to ensure that key natural and cultural sites have good management plans in place before they start receiving visitors, for example the Pyu Sites.
  • 4.2 Need to communicate and implement the plans and policies Myanmar already has e.g Responsible Tourism Policy, Tourism Master Plan, Community Involved Tourism Policy
  • 4.3 Scope for harnessing tourism for high values i.e. environmental conservation and cultural preservation.
  • 4.4 Emphasis on quality not quantity tourism.
    Opportunities to focus on the weaknesses of the Tourism sector – for example increasing arrivals in the Green Season, and to less visited areas of the country.
  • 4.5 Currently Myanmar does not collect a tourism tax. Many other countries collect bed night tax or a simple percentage on all purchases that go towards promoting the country. Myanmar could consider implementing something similar with transparency in how the funds were dispersed.
  • 4.6 It is important to ensure that even if local people earn money from ecotourism that they protect their wildlife and wild places that tourists want to visit. Incentivizing them to do so (for example, by paying each time a rare species is spotted on a tour, as WCS does in Laos) is one way to ensure this.
  • 4.7 As products diversify, especially into more niche activities, there is a need to have specialized trained guides to host specific parts of the tour. One possibility is to have specialized eco-tourism training that takes best practices from ecotourism regions, and taking care not to exclude people who have no high school or educational training.
  • 4.8 Tourism gives economic value to the traditional practices and managed growth can help conserve Myanmar’s heritage.
  • 4.9 Tourism can assist in the projection of Myanmar traditional skills and traditions, because tourists have a desire to see these culture. Ensuring authenticity is an ongoing challenge.
  • 4.10 ‘Tourism-oriented environmental conservation and cultural preservation’ is an alternative to competing for the mass market tourism. The focus should not be on construction of hotel rooms in ‘hotel zones’. The aim should be an environmental and cultural protection approach through effective ‘zonal planning’ of where hotels may and may not be built.
  • 4.11 Myanmar should aim for quality tourism growth. Measuring the economic impact of tourism instead of just arrival numbers, should be indication of success.

INTER-CONNECTEDNESS OF SYSTEMS:
BIOLOGICAL – CULTURAL – NATURAL – BUILT

The GEGG Theme and Topics underscore the Symbiosis of Systems. There are inextricable linkages between and amongst them. None function on their own.

  • 5.1 Emerging and significant interest in increasing and expanding studies and research. There are opportunities for increased recognition and support.
  • 5.2 Opportunities for Myanmar academic and research institutions as well as CSOs to join regional and international networks.
  • 5.3 Traditional knowledge and wisdom provides important lessons for the sustainable management of natural resources.
  • 5.4 The prudent management and stewardship of water, land and biological resources in dry zones through efficient and appropriate irrigation, farming methods and implements in Ancient Kingdom of Phyu are examples
  • 5.5 Sustainability, capacity to adapt, ability to cope, resiliency to ecological, social, economic and climate changes are strengthened, when the symbiosis of biological, cultural, natural and built systems are in harmony.

BRIEF REVIEW OF 2014: ESTABLISHING THE PLATFORM TO MOVE FORWARD AND FASTER.

The second half of 2014 was an eventful period for the Green Economy Green Growth GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) Association.

  • It undertook extensive renovations of 2 large buildings and 3.3 acres of prime land in Yangon made available to the Association by the Ministry of Science and Technology and have established the Center of Excellence for Greening, CoE-G, with a number of assets, forming an expanding and unprecedented Symbiotic Greening Facility. In 2015 there will be three more structures added

    On 12 November the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy, AIGE was endorsed at the First Plenary Session of the 25th ASEAN Summit of Heads of States / Governments. The AIGE is hosted by and located at the GEGG CoE-G. The AIGE is envisaged to have important ramifications.

    The Chairman’s Statement of the 25th ASEAN Summit: “Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community” Nay Pyi Taw, 12 November 2014
    “66. We welcomed the launching of the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy
    (AIGE) in Myanmar to spur collaboration in sustainable development and
    greening the regional economy. We looked forward to the AIGE to serve as
    a centre of excellence on Green Economy, being responsive to regional
    environmental, climate and economic issues, and contributing to building
    capacity, fostering research, catalysing and facilitating green technologies,
    improving management practices and promoting national and international
    cooperation”

  • On 2 December, their Majesty King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway visited the GEGG CoE-G. During the State visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, their Majesties inaugurated and unveiled the two marble plaques of the CoE-G and AIGE, joined by five Myanmar Union Minsters, Dr U Ko Ko Oo (Minister for Science & Technology); U Wunna Maung Lwin (Minister for Foreign Affairs): U Win Tun (Minister for Environmental Conservation & Forestry); U Zeyar Aung (Minister for Energy); U Than Htay (Minister in Attendance & Minister for Railways & Transport); U Myint Swe (Chief Minister of Yangon Region); U Sein Tin Win (Chairman of the Yangon Region Hluttaw); U Hla Myint (Mayor of Yangon); U Thein Tun (GEGG Chairman); from Norway Ms. Monica Mæland (Minister for Trade & Industry ); Kare Fostervould (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy); Lars Anders Kunde (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment); Ambassador Ann Ollestad (Ambassador of Norway to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar); Gry MØLLESKOG (His Majesty The King’s Chief of Staff)
    GEGG Board Members participated actively.

    The GEGG Forums provide policy and strategy inputs and the CoE-G would be a facility for supporting and enabling implementing practices

INTRODUCTION: THE GEGG FORUMS

The GEGG Forums provide a professional and objective process to increase awareness on critical determinants for promoting and accelerating green growth and sustainable development policies & strategies; application of science, technology & management practices for implementation; foster capacity building; catalyze and facilitate cooperation amongst national stakeholders as well as with international partners.

The CoE-G provides a mechanism for hands-on capacity building and implementing practices
The Fourth GEGG Forum, taking into account Myanmar Chairing ASEAN in 2014 and the establishment of the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy, AIGE, that is hosted by and located at the GEGG CoE-G, in Yangon, will build upon the first Three Forums, in particular the Third in 2013 that was Opened by H.E President U Thein Sein and attended by H.E. Vice President Dr Sai Muak Kham and 13 Union Ministers, 105 International speakers and 38 National speakers, with around 400 Participants. There were 3 Eminent Persons Roundtables in Nay Pyi Taw and 12 Parallel Sessions over two days in Yangon at the Diamond Jubilee Hall of Yangon University.

GEGG Forums are organized in collaboration with Ministries of Environmental Conservation & Forestry; National Planning & Economic Development; Science & Technology; Education; Hotels & Tourism ; Culture; Education and supported by international organizations, e.g. UNDP; Norway; Sweden; Japan; Smithsonian Institution; private sector
The Final Reports acknowledges the diverse support received.

The Fourth GEGG Forum is Organized By:

GEGG Myanmar (Not for profit) Association.

In Collaboration and Consultation with:

  • Ministry of Environmental Conservation & Forestry, Focal Ministry for GEGG Forum
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
  • Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development,
  • Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development
  • Ministry of Irrigation and Agriculture.
  • Ministry of Culture
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Energy
  • Mandalay Region Government
  • Myanmar Engineering Society
  • Association of Myanmar Architects
  • National Economic and Social Advisory Council, NESAC

Supported by:

  • Government of Norway
  • Government of Japan
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Tun Foundation
  • Environmental & Economic Research Institute
  • Myanmar Computer Company Group
  • Yangon Media Group
  • KBZ Group
  • KMA Group
  • Golden Myanmar Airways
  • IBTC ( U Aung Moe Kyaw)

In Partnership with

  • UNDP Myanmar Country Office.
  • The Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • Cornell University, USA
  • Georg Washington University, USA
  • WWF
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, IGES, Hayama, Japan.
  • Green Lotus, France / Myanmar
  • Stockholm Environment Institute, Headquarters in Stockholm & Asia Centre in Bangkok

TUESDAY, 3rd FEBRUARY 2015, NAY PYI TAW SEGMENT
1.0 OPENING SESSION

09:00 to 10:15

  • H.E U Thein Sein, President, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, OPENING ADDRESS
  • U Thein Tun, Chairman, Green Economy Green Growth, GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) Association, WELCOME REMARKS

GREETINGS

  • H.E Mrs. Ann Ollestad, Ambassador of Norway to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • Ms. Renata Lok- Dessallien, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

10:15 to 10:30 BREAK

SESSION 2.0 Eminent Persons Round Tables
Addressing GEGG 4 Theme of Expanding Cooperation & Deepening Integration for Sustainable
Natural Resources, Social & Economic Development

Each speaker will share his / her views on what are the priorities and how to expand and deepen cooperation, taking into the Myanmar and ASEAN context as well as the 12 November 2014 Chairman’s Statement of the 25th. ASEAN Summit on the establishment of the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy, AIGE., which is located at and hosted by GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) Association.

Session 2.1

10:30 to 12:30 Eminent Persons Round Table Dialogue (Town Hall Format)
Chaired by H.E U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs.

  • The Hon.Toshiyuki Iwadou, Principal Research Fellow, IGES, Former Director General, International Affairs Dept. House of Representatives, Japan;
  • Professor Alexander Travis, Cornell University, Faculty Director, Environment, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future; Director, Cornell Center for Animal and Public Health, Associate Dean for International Programs, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Sven Skaug, ELTEK Norway
  • H.E U Kyaw Tint Swe, GEGG Board Member, Director, Centre for Economic and Social Development, Myanmar Development Research Institute, Former Myanmar Ambassador to UN. New York.

12:30 to 13:30 LUNCH

Session 2.2

13:30 to 15:30 Eminent Persons Round Table Dialogue (Town Hall Format)
Chaired by H.E. U Win Tun, Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry

  • Ms. Kate Newman, Vice President, Forest and Freshwater Public Sector Initiatives, WWF-US
  • Dr, Eric Kemp – Benedict, Director, Stockholm Environment Institute.
  • U Tin Htut Oo, GEGG Board member, Chairman , National Commission on Social and Economic Affairs, Office of the President
  • H.E Mr. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Ambassador of India

Session 2.3

15:30 to 17:30 Eminent Persons Round Table Dialogue (Town Hall Format)
Chaired by H.E Dr. U Ko Ko Oo, Union Minister for Science & Technology.

  • The Hon. Jean-Marc BRÛLÉ, Member of Parliament of Paris Region, in charge of green economy, Chairman of “GREEN LOTUS” Paris, Myanmar
  • Dr. Rene VAN BERKEL, Chief, Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit, UNIDO, Vienna, Austria
  • U Win Khaing, GEGG Board Member, President Myanmar Engineering Society, President ASEAN Engineering Federation
  • Dr. Melisa Songer, Smithsonian Institution, USA

WEDNESDAY, 4th FEBRUARY 2015, NAY PYI TAW SEGMENT
Addressing Policies, Strategies, Finance, Economics

3.0 PARALLEL SESSIONS

09:00 to 17:00 Three Parallel Thematic Topics (with Lunch 12:30 to 13:30)
Morning Parallel Sessions 09.00 to 12.30
Afternoon Parallel Sessions 13;00 to 15:00

3.1 GREEN PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT

Co-Chairs: Prof. Dr. San Win, Pro-Rector, Yezin Forestry University, Myanmar, &
Prof. Alexander J.Travis, Cornell University, NY

3.1.1 Morning Parallel Session: Agriculture and Livestock/Fisheries: Scaling Up and Adding Value for Rural Development [Coordinated and organized by Cornell University, NY and Smithsonian Institution, US]

Sustainable development of rural economies and improvement of human well-being is a fundamental problem throughout the world. Using local examples as well as relevant examples from other nations, we will show that Greening of Villages has the potential to be a powerful strategy for Myanmar’s economic development. Tactics and pathways linking improvements in crop and livestock production, addition of value to those products, and access to markets that enable that value to be returned to rural producers will be explored. In addition to improvements in productivity, best practices can improve human nutrition and promote entrepreneurship in ways that also enhance local soil, water and forest quality, helping preserve biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services.

  • Prof. Dr. San Win, Pro-Rector, Yezin Forestry University, Myanmar: Introduction to Session (10 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
  • Mr. Alexander Travis, Cornell University, Faculty Director, Environment, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future; Associate Dean for International Programs, College of Veterinary Medicine: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development—Lessons from Around the World of Relevance to Myanmar (10 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
  • Mr. Ronnie Coffman, Cornell University, Director of International Programs, Professor of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Sustainable Improvements in Agriculture and Crop Production (10 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
  • Ms. Melissa Songer, Smithsonian Institution: Linkages Between Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Conservation (10 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
  • U Aung Myo Chit, Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution: Marine Protected Areas and Sustainable Fishery Practices in Myanmar (10 minutes + 5 minutes questions)
  • Daw Khin Mar Cho, Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City; Senior Extension Associate; Director of International Programs, International Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Specialist : The Role of Markets in Sustainable Improvement of Productivity and Livelihoods (10 minutes + 5 minutes questions)

BREAK (15 minutes)

  • Introduction by Dr. Soe Soe Thein, Pro Rector, University of Agriculture
  • Panel Discussion on the Greening of Villages (60 minutes)
    Drs. San Win, Alexander Travis, Ronnie Coffman, Melissa Songer, Aung Myo Chit and Khin Mar Cho.

3.1.2 Afternoon Parallel Session: Moving Forward: Developing Environmentally Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Myanmar.

Hosted by WWF and Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE)

Increasing accessibility in Myanmar is necessary, but roads and infrastructure are also significant drivers of biodiversity loss and pose threats against the integrity of ecosystem and the benefits they provide. Ecosystems also provide important services by protecting roads from natural hazards such as landslides and flooding. If designed thoughtfully and constructed responsibly, roads can increase mobility for people and commerce while protecting biodiversity and natural capital. As such, the transport infrastructure sector can be an important player in moving the green economy approach in Myanmar forward. Connecting a broader landscape approach with transportation development can ensure transport infrastructure that is safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Agenda

TIME TOPIC SPEAKER
13:30-13:40 Opening remarks Kate Newman
Vice President, Forest & Freshwater Public Sector Initiatives, WWF
13:40-14:00 Harnessing natural capital approaches for sustainable road development
Transport infrastructure is an important contributor to economic growth but can also drive environmental degradation and the loss of ecosystem services, undermining the development benefits they are intended to provide. Accounting for and managing natural capital and ecosystem service benefits throughout the transport development process can enhance the sustainability, durability and effectiveness of infrastructure. This talk showcases practical approaches and tools for integrating ecosystem services into transport development – from early planning to design to mitigation – and illustrates how using these approaches can benefit both the environment and people.
Lisa Mandle
Senior Scientist, Stanford University, Natural Capital Project
14:00-14:15 Q&A
14:15-14:35 Mapping natural capital in Tanintharyi to inform sustainable infrastructure development: the case of the Dawei Road

The proposed transport corridor linking the proposed Dawei seaport to Thailand has the potential to bring economic benefits to the people of Myanmar. Yet, it will pass through a critical forested landscape in Tanintharyi. The routing and design of the road must be carefully planned taking the region’s natural capital into account to help conserve the region’s biodiversity and ensure that the people can continue to access the benefits from the landscape.

To aid in planning, WWF is conducting baseline assessments of natural capital in Tanintharyi and modeling impacts of future development scenarios on natural capital. Our baseline assessments will be used for a more detailed study of land cover and distribution of natural capital on the landscape that will provide spatially explicit information for road planning and impact mitigation. These assessments will also feed into a Green Economy model of the region that will elucidate socioeconomic and environmental costs and benefits of different road construction scenarios. Ultimately, lessons learned from this case study have the potential to inform infrastructure development nationally across Myanmar as the country expands its infrastructure.

Nirmal Bhagabati
Senior Program Officer, Forest Program, WWF
14:35-14:50 Q&A
14:50-15:10 Coffee break
15:10-16:15 Panel discussion:
What can Myanmar learn from transport infrastructure development in Europe?

The long experience from building roads in Europe have left many countries with valuable lessons, both in terms of how to minimize negative impact from road constructions, but also how to put in place measures that can mitigate the negative impact on ecosystems and wildlife.

As Myanmar enhances its own road and infrastructure network, there is much to learn from Europe, both in terms of what has worked but also from what has worked less well. Many of these green transport infrastructure solutions bring multiple social, environmental and economic benefits that can support Myanmar’s infrastructure development long-term.

A panel of experts will discuss experiences and lessons from Europe that might be adapted in Myanmar.

Moderator: Jonathan Hoekstra Vice President, Conservation Science and Chief Scientist, WWF

Panelists:Elke Hahn Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria

Lazaros Georgiadis Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Greece

Miklós Puky, Senior Research Fellow, The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), Centre for Ecological Research, Danube Research Institute, Hungary

16:15-16:40 Q&A and Discussion
16:40 – 16:45 Concluding remarks Jonathan Hoekstra Vice President, Conservation Science and Chief Scientist, WWF

3.1.3 Afternoon Parallel Session: “Improvement of Agricultural Productivity for Sustainable Natural Resources, Social & Economic Development: The lessons learnt from the Mekong Region to the Ayeyarwady River Basin” [Coordinated by Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).]

Massive changes in land and water resources are expected in the next two decades in the Ayeyarwady River Basin, the most important river basin of Myanmar. To fulfill increasing demands in the agricultural products for the national and international markets, the government of Myanmar, seventh largest rice producing country in the world has given continuous attention on water resources development across the country by investing large capital, man power and machineries to expand the irrigation since 1988. The irrigated areas have been increased from 0.54 million hectares or 12.5% of sown areas before 1988 to 1.15 million hectares in March 2013 or 15.5% of sown areas in 2012. This has contributed greatly to food production and economic growth in Myanmar but also led to more pressure on natural resources such as land and water as well as the livelihoods that rely on them. Moreover, the productivity of main agricultural crops such as rice yields in Myanmar has been dropped slightly over the last decade.

  • How we can improve the agricultural productivity to meet the growing demands and support the economic development while ensuring the environmental and social sustainability?
  • How the lessons learnt from the agricultural development and practice in other places such as in the Mekong Region can inform related decisions in the Ayeyarwady River Basin, and vice versa?
  • What will be the futures of agricultural sector in the Ayeyarwady River Basin?

To help address above questions, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in collaboration with Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR), Myanmar Environment Institute (MEI) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are proposing an interactive parallel session on Improvement of Agricultural Productivity for Sustainable Natural Resources, Social & Economic Development: The lessons learnt from the Mekong River Region to the Ayeyarwady River Basin.

In addition to listening to several case studies in the Mekong River Basin and in the Ayeyarwady River Basin, all participants will have an opportunity to take part in developing the visions related to transforming the agricultures in the Ayeyarwady River Basin in 2040.

Time Activities Chair/Speaker/Moderator
13:20-13:30 Registration MC: Dr. Vitor Vasconcelos, Post-doctoral fellow, SEI
Rapporteur: Ms. Cho Cho Win, Ayeyarwady Futures Program Coordinator, SEI
13:30-13:50(20 min) Session 1: Opening session

  • Welcome remarks
  • Objectives and agenda
  • Introduction to all participants

Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Asia Centre Director, SEI
DWIR Representative
Prof. Dr. Win Maung, Chairman of MEI

Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa, Asia Centre Deputy Director, SEI

All

13:50-15:00(70 min) Session 2: Improving the agricultural productivity to meet the growing demands and support the economic development while ensuring the environmental and social sustainability in the context of IWRM and Green Economy

  • Case study from the Mekong Region (Water footprint of coffee irrigation production: Vietnam’s coffee set to get a boost from smarter irrigation)
  • Case study from the Ayeyarwady River Basin
  • Case study from Chindwin River Basin under the Ayeyarwady Futures Program

Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa, Asia Centre Deputy Director, SEI, on behalf of IWMI

Prof. Dr. Win Maung, Chairman of MEI

Dr. Chusit Apirumanekul, Research Fellow, SEI

15:00-15:20(20 min) Coffee break
15:20-16:40(80 min) Session 3: Participatory scenarios building process in developing the visions for transforming the agricultures in the Ayeyarwady River Basin in 2040 Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Asia Centre Director, SEI

Working groups facilitated by resource persons from SEI (Dr. Eric, Dr. Chayanis, Dr. Chusit, Dr. Vitor, Dr.Lada Phadungkiati, Ms. Cho Cho), Representatives from DWIR (tbd) and MEI (Prof. Dr. Win Maung)

16:40-17:00(20 min) Session 4: Closing session
Conclusion

Thank you and Closing

(Questionnaires to be filled)

Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa, Asia Centre Deputy Director, SEI

Dr. Eric Kemp-Benedict, Asia Centre Director, SEI
Representative from DWIR
Prof. Dr. Win Maung, Chairman of MEI

3.2 GREEN, RESILIENT, SMART BUILT SYSTEMS
Co-Chairs: IGES, Myanmar, U Win Khaing, GEGG Board Member, President, MES.

Co-Chairs: IGES, Myanmar, U Win Khaing, GEGG Board Member, President, MES.

3.2.1 Morning Parallel Session: Capacity Building for Climate Change Related Financial Mechanisms Coordinated and Organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, IGES, Hayama, Japan.

Overall Concept (For Nay Pyi Taw):

  • The development of knowledge constitutes the building blocks of the green economy. The growth towards the green come from the integration of knowledge on the broad segments of the economy with policy, technology, and finance in order to produce new and innovative ideas and approaches to transform the current economy and pattern of the growth. It is, in a way, a process of cooperation on the capacity building and the integration of knowledge from others, which will eventually lead to the structural change in the economy.
  • The Nay Pyi Taw session will explore the linkage of cooperation and integration in the context of developing low carbon and resilient society. It will start from the key note presentation on Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet), which has been active in implementing the sharing of knowledge and experiences accumulated in Asia through the exchange of information and actions among Asian researchers on the role of low carbon policy and mechanisms and/or future international cooperation, toward low carbon, resilient and sustainable development of Myanmar. The session will identify potential sectors and possible projects to be supported by international and regional cooperation with emphasis on the national policy framework and international financial instruments for the enable conditions. It will also features the emerging approach of “City to City” cooperation, taking example of Kitakyushu City.

Nay Pyi Taw PROGRAM

9:00 – 9:25 Opening Part (25 mins)
[Chair]

  • Mr. Toshiyuki Iwadou, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
9:00 – 9:10 Opening Remarks (10 mins):

  • Prof. Nay Htun, Professor, State University of New York, Stony Brook
9:10 – 9:25 Key note presentation (15 mins):
– Knowledge based regional cooperation towards low carbon growth in Asia (15 mins.)

  • Dr. Shuzo Nishioka, Secretary-General, LoCARNet / Senior Research Advisor, IGES
9:25 – 10:25 Part 1: Building on Low Carbon and Resilient Society in Myanmar (60 mins.)
[Co-Chair]

  • Mr. Nay Aye, Director General, ECD, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF)
  • Mr. Toshiyuki Iwadou, Principal Research Fellow, IGES
9:25 – 10:15 Presentations (10 min for each):
– Myanmar’s development path

  • Mr. Hla Maung Thein, Deputy Director General, Environmental Conservation Department, MOECAF (tbc), with Dr. Peter King, IGES Bangkok Regional Centre, as a discussant from international and regional perspectives (tbc)

– Investment to the low carbon and resilient infrastructure – Mainstreaming climate change adaptation in urban management

  • Mr. Daisuke Mizusawa, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, Myanmar Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

– Opportunity for international cooperation

  • Ms. Michiyo Kakegawa, Ph.D., Deputy Director, International Strategy Division/International Cooperation, Ministry of the Environment Japan

– Experience of city to city collaboration for low carbon development

  • Ms. Keiko Sasaki, Director, Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, Office for International Environmental Strategies, Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu

– Financing low carbon project through the Joint Crediting Mechanism

  • Mr. Kenji Asakawa, Task Manager, Climate and Energy Group, IGES
10:15 – 10:25 Discussions (incl. Q and A) (10 mins.):
10:25 – 10:35 Coffee/Tea Break (10 mins.)
10:35 – 11:45 Session 2: Integration of Knowledge for Low Carbon and Resilient Society (70 mins.)
[Co-Chairs:]

  • Mr. Win Khaing Moe, Director General, Myanmar Scientific and Technological Research Department, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  • Dr. Shuzo Nishioka, Senior Research Advisor/Secretary General of Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet)

Here in this session, we would like to conduct a frank exchange of views on how we can enhance regional capacity levels in the areas of research, information dissemination, and cooperation in ways that address post-2015 circumstances, as well as on how we can make intellectual contributions to Asia’s low-carbon development through promoting south-south regional cooperation and bringing these institutes together as a “CoE (Centre of Excellence)” coalition.

10:35 – 11:40 Presentations (65 mins):
– Brief introduction of LoCARNet (5 mins.)

  • Ms. Tomoko Ishikawa, LoCARNet Secretariat/IGES

– Case of knowledge sharing from LoCARNet members (20 mins.)

  • Prof. Rizaldi Boer, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
  • Dr. Sirintornthep Towprayoon, JGSEE, Thailand

– Capacity building for low-carbon growth in Asia – Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand (40 mins.)

  • Mr. Myint Soe, National Project Coordinator, POPs EA Project, Environmental Conservation Department, MOECAF, Myanmar
  • Ms. Mu Mu Aye, Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, West Yangon Technological University / Joint General Secretary, Myanmar Engineering Society (MES)
  • Ms. Aye Kyawt Swe, Coordinator, Mercy Corps (INGO) office in Yangon
  • Mr. Hak Mao, Kyoto University/MoE, Cambodia
  • Mr. Satoshi Iemoto, JICA Expert, Capacity Building and Outreach Office, Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO), Thailand / Ms. Chanyaphak Wathanachinda, Assistant Senior Official, Capacity Building and Outreach Office, TGO
11:45 – 12:00 Discussions (15 mins)
Chair: Mr. Toshiyuki Iwadou, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

  • Summary of actions and way forward

3.2.2 Morning Parallel Session: “Affordable Renewable Energy & Electricity for Myanmar Rural Areas: Need for Robust Feasibility Studies and Investment Business Plans”

  • Chaired and Facilitated by U Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing, GEGG Board Member, Chairman, SMART Group, Myanmar

The goal of the three Sessions 3.1.1; 3.2.2; 3.2.3 is to start a process and identify the expeditious steps needed for a multi-stakeholders consortium to develop and implement a robust multi-year programme to pilot test in a rural village innovative, transformative and integrated rural development with five inter-connected components, e.g Clean Energy, Electricity, Storage, Mezzo distribution; Green Productivity Improvements & Scaling up; End-use demand & application, Financing, Investments, Micro Credit; Enabling and Facilitating.
Underpinning this will be the buy-in and full support of all relevant Union Ministries and the Regional Government where the pilot project would be located.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Andrew M. Lee, Chief Country Representative, GE Int’l Inc., Myanmar
  • U Aung Htun, Managing Director, Myanmar Investment’ International, a London Stock Exchange listed Public Company. “Financing Sustainable SMEs”
  • Professor Gregory Poe, Cornell University, “US Ecosystems Valuation, Natural Resources Accounting and Incentive in the context of Conserving Ecosystems”
  • Ms. Hanna Helsingen, Senior Green Economy Policy Officer, WWF –Myanmar “Increasing Access to Clean and Affordable Energy in Myanmar”
  • Dr. Wah Wah Maung, Deputy Director General, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.
  • U Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing, GEGG Board Member, Chairman, SMART Group, Myanmar
  • Prof: U Ye Htut Aung, Pro Rector, University of Veterinary Sciences Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Rural Development “Green Productivity Improvement for Livestock”
  • Dr. Than Myint Tun, Lecturer, University of Agriculture, “Green Productivity Improvement in Breeding Agriculture Crops”
  • Dr. Zaw Oo, Economic Advisor to the President, Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Development, Myanmar Development Research Institute.

3.2.3 Afternoon Parallel Session: “Renewable and Resilient Energy, Electricity, Storage & Mezzo Grid for Rural Development”

Speakers

  • Mr. Sven Skaug, ELTEK, Norway
  • Mr. David Fullbrook, DNV-L, Norway
  • Professor Saw Win, Member, Executive Committee M, Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar, Former Rector, Maubin University.
  • U Thoung Win, Member of MES, Chairman, Renewable Energy Committee, Managing Director, Myanmar International Consultant Co. Ltd.

3.3 RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN IN MYANMAR. (IN COLLABORATION WITH MINISTRY OF HOTELS AND TOURISM)

Co-Chairs: The Hon.Vicky Bowman, Director, Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB); Former UK Ambassador to Myanmar; and George Washington University Institute for Tourism Studies, US)

3.3.1 Morning Parallel Session: Responsible and Sustainable Tourism: Moving Forward and Implementing Master Plan Coordinated and organized by George Washington University institute for tourism Studies, US in collaboration with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

In 2013, a seven year Master Plan for Tourism was published by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. It provides a comprehensive plan to developing sustainable and responsible tourism in the country. This Session will discuss how the master plan achieves green economy green growth goals and how it promotes private and public sector cooperation. The speakers will share their aspirations for tourism in Myanmar and the challenges and opportunities facing tourism development, specifically as it relates to the social, cultural and natural environments. Experts with experience in other countries will share their lessons learned.

Speakers

  • Ms. Midori Paxton, UNDP Regional Technical Advisor Biodiversity & Ecosystems, Bangkok Regional Hub. “What can Tourism Concession do for Sustainable Natural Resources, Social and Economic Development?
  • Mr. Paul Eshoo – Ecotourism Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society, Myanmar Program.
  • Daw Su Su Tin, Managing Director EXO Travel Myanmar, Vice Chairperson, Tourism Federation
  • Thanilini Guna, Officer, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
  • U Aung Thu, Assistant Director, Human Resource Development, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
  • Richard Naing, CEO, Naing Construction Group

3.3.2 Afternoon Parallel Session: Social and Cultural Norms

As tourism in Myanmar increases, significant attention will need to be paid to ensure the country is not affected by the negative social and cultural impacts that the industry has brought to some countries. This Session discusses ways to grow culturally respectful and minimizing tourism, without creating “living museums,” ways to welcome higher numbers while preventing overcrowding and ways to ensure that Myanmar people are not exploited in nefarious forms of tourism.

Speakers

  • Prof Pierluigi Bozzi, Institute of Life & Earth Science, African Union Pan-African University (PAU), hosted at Ibadan University (Nigeria); Coordinator, International University Network on Cultural and Biological Diversity (IUNCBD), via della Camilluccia 741, 00135 Rome, Italy; Coordinator Research-Teaching Programme, “Cultural and Biological Diversity Policy and Management” Department of Economics – Department of Plant Biology and Ecology, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Professor Hezri Adnan, Program Director, Technology, Innovation, Environment & Sustainability (TIES), Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Sustainability Research Alliance, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
  • Mr. Mahesh Pradhan, UNEP Representative, Chief EC, Environmental Education and Training Unit, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Mr. Albert Oung , President, World Green Organization, Hong Kong
  • Tam Guna, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
  • Beau Tun, Managing Director, E-Asia
  • U Doe Soe Min, Chairman of Myanmar Guide Association
  • The Hon. Vicky Bowman, Director, Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB); Former UK Ambassador to Myanmar.
  • Dr. Aye Sandar Aung, Professor, Department of Dramatic Art, National University of Arts and Culture, Mandalay.

SESSION 4.0 SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS AND CLOSING

17:00 SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS Nay Pyi Taw Segment By U Nay Htun, GEGG Founder and Hon. Patron

  • 17:30 CLOSING by H.E U Win Tun, Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry

18:00 DEPART BY COMPLIMENTARY AIR CONDITIONED COACH FOR MANDALAY (about 4 hours journey)

THURSDAY, 5th FEBRUARY 2015, MANDALAY SEGMENT
Addressing Science, Engineering, Technology, Management
(With focus on Dry Zones)

6.0 OPENING SESSION

09:00 to 10:15 Opening Session

  • H.E U Ye Myint, Chief Minister, Mandalay Region,
  • H.E Dr. Sai Kyaw Ohn, Deputy Union Minister for Hotels & Tourism
  • U Thein Tun, Chairman, Green Economy Green Growth, GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) Association,

10:15 to 10:30 BREAK

7.0 Round Table “The Inter-connectedness of Biological and Cultural Diversities”
Eminent Persons high level Round Table (Town Hall Format)

Chaired by H.E Prof. Daw Sanda Khin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Culture

Speakers

  • H.E Prof. Daw Sandar Khin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Culture
  • Dr. Nay Htun, GEGG Myanmar, Research Professor, Department of Technology and Society, Stony Brook, State University of New York. “Brief Overview of Biological and Culture Diversity for Sustainability and Resilience”
  • Prof Pierluigi Bozzi, Institute of Life & Earth Science, African Union Pan-African University (PAU), hosted at Ibadan University (Nigeria); Coordinator, International University Network on Cultural and Biological Diversity (IUNCBD), via della Camilluccia 741, 00135 Rome, Italy; Coordinator Research-Teaching Programme, “Cultural and Biological Diversity Policy and Management” Department of Economics – Department of Plant Biology and Ecology, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Professor Hezri Adnan, Program Director, Technology, Innovation, Environment & Sustainability (TIES), Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Sustainability Research Alliance, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
  • Prof. Dr. Su Su, Professor and Head, Department of Architecture, Mandalay Technology University.
  • U Tin Aung Moe, , Associate Program Director, Myanmar Peace Centre

12:00 to 13:00 LUNCH

8.0 PARALLEL SESSIONS

13:00 to 17:30 Three Parallel Thematic Topics (Break 14:30 to 15:00)
Co-Chaired by U Win Zaw, Deputy Director General, Dry Zone Greening Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and Prof. Alexander J. Travis, Cornell University, US

8.1 GREEN PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT IN DRY ZONES: AGRICULTURAL AND ECONOMIC CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.

Three Linked Sessions

8.1.1 “Climate Resilience livelihoods and sustainable natural resource management”. [Coordinated by UNDP]

Abstract: The Dry Zone is one of the most climate sensitive and natural resource poor regions in Myanmar. A large proportion of the Dry Zone population is dependent on subsistence farming and small-scale livestock rearing. Population pressure with limited livelihood opportunities tends to cause deforestation and forest degradation, due to clearing of forests for agricultural purposes, collection of fuel-wood for household use, etc.

The session will explore the vulnerabilities of the livelihoods in the dry zone at risk of climate change and how to overcome the vicious cycle interacting between poverty, economic development and natural resource management. The key departments and agencies implementing the development projects on the ground and UNDP will exchange the experience of the Dry Zone and the other countries’ experience and the strategies in the similar context. The session intends to strengthen Cooperation & Deepen Integration of local actors in building the resilience of livelihood options while improving ecosystems for Sustainable Natural Resources, Social & Economic Development in the Dry Zone.

Speakers

  • U Kyaw Lwin Oo, Director, Dept. of Meteorology and Hydrology, Mandalay Region: “Climate change risk and trend in the Dry Zone (tbc)
  • U Hla Myint Aung, Director, Agriculture Dept. Mandalay Region: “Attempts to climate change adaptation and drought resilience agriculture in central dry zone of Myanmar/ trends and challenges”
  • Dr. Yan Naing Soe, Director, Dept. of Livestock breeding and Veterinary Department, Mandalay Region: “Livestock breeding – the major income source of the dry land communities, the challenges and way forward”
  • U Ba Kaung, Deputy Director, Dry Zone Greening Department: “Dry Zone Greening Activities towards Sustainable Green Productivity Improvement and Climate Resilience in Myanmar”
  • Mr. Yusuke Takashi, Regional Technical Advisor, Asia Pacific Regional Office, UNDP

8.1.2 Sustainable Agricultural and Livestock/Fisheries Research and Technologies for Improving Productivity and Preserving Natural Resources [ Coordinated by Cornell University and Smithsonian]

Climate change imparts important challenges to agricultural productivity as well as economic development in the Dry Zone. Specific cropping and livestock strategies and technologies that might provide resilience to these changes will be discussed, using both local examples and cutting-edge approaches used in similar environments around the world. Equally important as promotion of productivity will be deployment of innovative market structures that return value to rural villages and incentivize the preservation of natural resources. Key points of research, system organization and capacity building will be identified.

Speakers

  • Alexander Travis, Cornell University, Faculty Director, Environment, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future; Associate Dean for International Programs, College of Veterinary Medicine: Sustainable integrated livestock production to improve food security, human nutrition, and livelihoods
  • Ronnie Coffman, Cornell University, Director of International Programs, Professor of Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Sustainable improvements in crop production
  • Daw Khin Mar Cho, Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City; Senior Extension Associate; Director of International Programs, International Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Specialist : Market approaches for the sustainable improvement of productivity and livelihoods

8.1.3 Mapping and Mitigating Human Impacts to Sustain Biodiversity and Ecosystems [Cornell University, Smithsonian]

Increasing pressure on natural resources often has negative impacts on biodiversity and their supporting terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Assessing patterns and drivers of change, understanding threats, developing means for valuing ecosystems, and finding strategies for mitigation are critical to finding ways to reduce impacts to biodiversity while still providing economic benefits to dependent communities.

Speakers

  • Andrea Hess, Spatial Analyst, EcoDev: “Forest cover change mapping to assess deforestation patterns in Myanmar”
  • Aung Myo Chit, Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution: Sustainable Fishery Practice in Myanmar”
  • Melissa Songer, Smithsonian Institution: “Mitigating human impact in dry forest protected areas”
  • Gregory Poe, Cornell University, Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management: Ecosystem Services and Values

Discussants

  • Prof: Dr. Ye Htut Aung, Pro Rector, University of Veterinary Science
  • Dr. Than Myint Tun, Lecturer, University of Agriculture

8.2 GREEN, RESILIENT, SMART BUILT SYSTEMS

 8.2.1 Afternoon Parallel Session: Energy, Materials, Lighting & Designs for Buildings: The State of the Art.

Speakers

  • Dr. Rene VAN BERKEL, Chief, Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit, UNIDO, Vienna, Austria
  • Mr Andrew M Lee, Chief Country Representative, GE Int’l., Myanmar
  • Mr. Krisada Ruangchotevit Sustainable Development Assistant Manager, Siam Cement Group, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dr. Ohnmar May Tin Hlaing, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Quality Management (EQM) Co. Ltd.
  • Mr. Alex Ngain, Commercial Leader, Philips Lighting Myanmar.

8.3 RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

8.3.1 Afternoon Parallel Session: Conserving and Protecting Ancient Cities, [with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and Culture]

  • Prof. Dr. Su Su, Professor and Head, Department of Architecture, Mandalay Technology University.
  • U Win Kyaing, Principle, Field School Archeological, Department of Archeology and Director, Ministry of Culture.
  • Mr. Mahesh Pradhan, UNEP Representative, Chief, Environmental Education & Training Unit, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Dr. Thidar Htwe Win, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Anthropology, Mandalay University
  • Prof. Pierluigi Bozzi, Institute of Life & Earth Science, African Union Pan-African University (PAU), hosted at Ibadan University (Nigeria); Coordinator, International University Network on Cultural and Biological Diversity (IUNCBD),

18:30 FORUM RECEPTION HOSTED BY H.E CHIEF MINISTER, MANDALAY REGION GOVERNMENT.

FRIDAY, 6th FEBRUARY 2015, MANDALAY SEGMENT

9.0 PARALLEL SESSIONS 09:00 to 12:00

SESSION 9.1 COORDINATED BY STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE MOVED TO NAY PYI TAW SEGMENT

9.2 GREEN, RESILIENT, SMART BUILT SYSTEMS

9.2.1 Morning Session: 9.2.1 Morning Session: Greening of Cities; Now & Future for Habitability, Safety & Sustainability Coordinated and Organized by Green Lotus, Yangon & Paris

Myanmar cities stand at a strategic time, where decisive orientations can be taken to limit CO2 emissions, and economic loss from transport, energy, water or waste management. Urban planning from other countries experience and business practitioners is part of the global solution that should be promoted here in Myanmar.

Speakers

  • Mr Yves MARRY, Green Lotus Head of Mission in Myanmar: “Green cities in Myanmar, general overview of what can be done”
  • Mrs Sarah COLENBRANDER, Research fellow, Climate Smart Cities, University of Leeds (UK): “Calculation of the economic interest when investing in sustainable solutions for cities”
  • Dr Gary MOYS, Country Representative Myanmar, SAFEGE Consulting Engineers, SUEZ Environnement: “Towards a Green Mandalay – from planning to actions”
  • Mr. Jean-Marc BRULE, Green Lotus Chairman and member of Paris Region Parliament: “Urban planning in Paris Region: methods and main directions for sustainability”
  • Mrs. Michiko ITO, Program manager in Myanmar for International Organization of Migrations: “Anticipating migrations, building sustainability”

9.2.2 Morning Session: “Mandalay – Kitakyushu City to City Cooperation Towards an Eco Model City of ASEAN.”

Kitakyushu’ experiences demonstrate that economic growth can be compatible with environmental achievement by introducing local policies that combine industrial promotion and environmental protection measures. Also, the evidence shows the importance of building partnership among relevant stakeholders in the local development, which can be initiated by the local government. Based on the current partnership between the Mandalay City and Kita-Kyushu City to improve the municipal solid waste management (MSWM), the session will facilitate in-depth discussion to enable common understanding on the current situation/challenges, and aims to build a consensus among relevant stakeholders while identifying potential financial support system for the city to city cooperation for the implementation of model projects.

Mandalay PROGRAM

Time Activities
09:00- 09:20 Opening Remarks
– H.E. Aung Maung, the Mayor of Mandalay City
– Mr. Toshiyuki Iwadou, Principal Research Fellow, IGES
The Session Background and Introduction -10min
– Mr. Masahiro Nakamura, Deputy Director, Kitakyushu City/ IGES
09:20- 10:30

PART 1: Potential of City to City Cooperation
for Environmentally Sustainable Mandalay City
【Chair: U Htun Kyi, Executive Committee member, MCDC
U Han Soe, Executive Committee member, MCDC】

Opening by Chair (5min)

Keynote Lectures (20 min)
-Current situation & Future Vision of Solid Waste Management Policies in Mandalay City-
Dr. Thwin Kyaw Kyaw, Executive Committee member, MCDC

Presentations (15 min *2)
– Introduction of Sustainable Solid Waste Management (SWM) Policies & Good Practices in ASEAN Cities, IGES
Mr. D.G.J. Premakumara, Chief Researcher,
Kitakyushu Urban Centre, IGES

Case Study of City-to-City Cooperation Projects for SWM and Human Resource Development
   Ms. Miho Imazuya, Assistant Manager, Environmental Education Division, Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu
Comment (5 min)
Dr. Peter King, IGES Bangkok Regional Centre

Q&A (15 min)

(10:30- 10:40) Coffee Break (10 mins)
10:40- 11:50

PART 2: How can Mandalay City Take Off Towards an Eco Model City Of ASEAN? ~Panel Discussion
【Chair: Mr. D.G.J. Premakumara, Kitakyushu Urban Centre, IGES】
【Co-Chairs: U Htun Kyi, Executive Committee member, MCDC
U Han Soe, Executive Committee member, MCDC】

Panelists
– MCDC/Related Government agencies
 U Than Htut, Deputy Head of Cleaning Department, MCDC
Daw San San Nu, Deputy Director, Department of Basic Education No.2,
– Academics from Universities at Mandalay
Dr. Kyi Lint, Associate Professor, Mandalay University
– Private business/Consultants from Mandalay
 U Myint Htay, Owner, Than+Nyo Family Recycle Business
– Citizens: Representative of a would-be Model Township
 U Zarni Yan, Aung Myae Thar San Township

Discussion

11:50-12:00 Wrap Up
by D.G.J. Premakumara, Kitakyushu Urban Centre, IGES

9.3 RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Public Awareness, Education and Training: Mobilizing Traditional & Social Media In collaboration with Ministry of Hotels & Tourism

Chaired by Mr. Mahesh Pradhan, Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit, UNEP, Nairobi

Speakers:

  • M.r Mahesh Pradhan, Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit, UNEP, Nairobi
  • Prof, Luigui Bozzi, Coordinator Research-Teaching Programme, “Cultural and Biological Diversity Policy and Management” Department of Economics – Department of Plant Biology and Ecology, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Prof. Fengting LI, Vice Dean, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  • U Tin Aung Moe, Associate Program Director, Myanmar Peace Centre.
  • Prof. Saw Win, REAM Exec Com Member, Former Rector, Maubin University, Myanmar
  • Mr. Albert Oung , President, World Green Organization, Hong Kong

10.0 SESSION SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS AND CLOSING

12:15 Summary Highlights of Mandalay Segment by U Nay Htun, GEGG Founder and Hon: Patron

12.30 CLOSING by H.E U Than Soe Myint , Minister of Forestry and Mining , Mandalay Region Government

12:40 to 13:30 LUNCH

15:00 DEPART MANDALAY FOR YANGON BY COMPLIMENTARY FLIGHT

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