Government to accelerate environmental conservation efforts

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Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the National-Level Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Central Committee in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA
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Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the National-Level Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Central Committee in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA

The National-Level Environmental Conservation and Climate Change Central Committee held its fourth work coordination meeting yesterday, stressing the need to speed up enforcement of the rules on sustainability of natural resources nationwide.
The meeting was held in Nay Pyi Taw to decide priorities to be implemented by the committee and to revitalise the current and future works of the committee.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice President U Myint Swe, in his capacity as the patron of the committee, delivered an opening address, said plans are underway to adopt a policy, strategy and work plans with regard to the environmental conservation and climate change.
Out of 54 decisions made in previous meetings, 14 have been implemented, 36 are underway and four have not yet been implemented, according to the meeting.
The decisions mainly include drawing up a policy on climate change impacts in Myanmar, a strategy and works plans, organising region/state/district/township-level supervisory committees, carry out educative activities on climate change and sustainable use of natural resources and to upgrade the technologies for civil management. The chairman also expressed his satisfaction on environmental conservation awareness campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Information, calling on other ministries to accelerate their current tasks and cooperation with ministries concerned.
“Ministries need to speed up their cooperation and coordination with others so as to effectively implement works of the central committee in regions and states,’ said the Vice President.
He also urged the participants of the meeting to discuss priorities to be given by the central committee and drafting short-term and long-term plans for environmental conservation in regions and states.
Following his remarks, U Ohn Win, Chairman of the central committee and Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, clarified the process of drafting a policy, strategies and works plans of the central committee, arrangement for releasing the National Environment Policy and national-level strategies for climate change, green economy and priorities for environmental conservation.—Myanmar News Agency

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