News Release: New EIA Requirements to Help Safeguard Myanmar's Environment

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (14 January, 2016) - The Government of Myanmar today announced new requirements, developed with assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), for assessing the environmental and social impacts of investment projects.

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedure – signed off by Cabinet in November – specifies the type and scope of environmental assessments required for all investment projects that could cause environmental and social harm.

"Myanmar’s EIA process will effectively help prevent the potentially adverse environmental and social impacts of development projects and contribute to the nation and people achieving sustainable development,” said Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

Also announced were environmental quality guidelines that aim to minimize levels of air, noise, and water pollution.

ADB, through the GMS Core Environment Program, has played a lead role in supporting the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry to develop both the procedure and guidelines. ADB will continue support to help Myanmar build its environmental safeguards system to international standard.

“The EIA Procedure and environmental quality guidelines reflect the Myanmar Government’s progress in putting in place laws, regulations, and processes to manage its economy in a more environmentally sustainable fashion. ADB is very pleased to be supporting Myanmar to achieve this,” said Mr. Winfried Wicklein, ADB Country Director in Myanmar.

More than 200 representatives from government, civil society, and development agencies attended the launch event.

Publish Date: 14th January 2016

Last Updated: 26th January 2016

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Launch ceremony: EIA procedure and environmental quality guidelines

14th January 2016

More than 200 government and non-government participants attended this Myanmar event which saw the launch of a new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedure and National Environmental Quality (Emissions) Guidelines, both of which were developed with support from the GMS Core Environment Program.

Speeches and presentations can be downloaded below.

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