On 9 February 2017, the Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONREC) and GGGI conducted a one-day consultation workshop involving a broad range of stakeholders as part of the country’s ongoing Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA). The workshop was held in Nay Pyi Taw and was attended by about eighty participants from institutions representing government ministries, government departments, the private sector, civil society and academia.
The aim of the workshop was to validate the findings of GGGI’s preliminary green growth analysis for Myanmar and to identify priority areas for high impact green growth interventions. Based on the results of the workshop, the GGPA will move to examine the underlying causes within these areas and suggest concrete measures for addressing these issues. The results will enhance Myanmar’s national green growth strategy, as well as provide important input to GGGI’s future work in the country.
The GGPA is an analytical tool that evaluates a country’s performance in key green growth areas. An essential part of the GGPA process is to gather input from a broad range of stakeholders within a country to identify priority areas that offer the highest potential for green growth interventions. The philosophy behind this inclusive process is to build a country’s green growth agenda giving government and other stakeholders a leading role in the process.
On the sidelines of the workshop, MONREC and GGGI signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote and facilitate collaboration on programs, research and joint activities that advance green growth in Myanmar.
The results of the workshop, together with the research conducted prior, are the basis to analyze the identified issues and sectors thoroughly in order to clearly establish the causes and highlight interconnections between a specific issue and the sectors involved. The final stage of the GGPA is to identify specific recommendations to the Government of Myanmar, as well as potential interventions for GGGI.