Nay Pyi Taw, 25 July 2017
UN-REDD programme in Myanmar held 3rd Programme Executive Board (PEB) Meeting at Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on 25th of July. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director-General of Forest Department and Mr. Peter Batchelor, Country Director of UNDP Myanmar. PEB members representing Forest Department, Environmental Conservation Department, UNDP, FAO, UNEP, POINT, MERN as well as Norway Embassy and Diplomatic Mission of Finland participated the meeting.
In his opening remark, Dr. Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Director-General of Forest Department said, “REDD+ is taking position of key role for Myanmar in its international commitments on climate change mitigation means it is one of the two main sectors in National Determine Contribution (NDC). Myanmar REDD+ readiness process has been accelerated with various initiatives and supports but mainly UN-REDD Programme. It is now the 1st year of programme implementation of the UN-REDD full National Programme after its Targeted Support.”
Mr. Peter Batchelor, UNDP Country Director expressed in his remark, “UN-REDD Programme is a critical component of the Government to Myanmar’s effort in term of addressing climate change. We know, of course, that the UN-REDD programme is also contributing to the development of other frameworks and instruments under UNFCCC”. He then continued, “The success of the REDD+ Programme obviously is very much dependent on the participation and collaboration with a lot of different stakeholders.”
During the PEB meeting, Comprehensive update on progress of the UN-REDD programme, Progress against decisions made at 2nd PEB meeting, the relationship of UN-REDD PEB with REDD+ Taskforce, Side event of Myanmar for the next COP of UNFCCC in November 2017, Study tour to Brazil during 1st week of July 2017, and Workplan for 2017, deviations and adaptations (budget, activities), planning for remainder of 2017 were primarily discussed among the members and decisions has been made.