While every body in Yangon is wondering why the monsoon has stopped so quickly, The Myanmar Platform for Dialogue on Green Growth gathered its Committee n°2 on “Investing in renewable energy and Climate change adaptation” with around 15 different stakeholders such as Ministry of Environment conservation and Forest, Ministry of Sciences and Technologies, Renewable energy association Myanmar (REAM), Food and security working group (FSWG), Myanmar Forest Association, NLD members of the Parliament, etc.
For this first session, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr Tun Lwin, former Directorate general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in the Ministry of Transport, introduced the one-year discussion with a presentation of climate change consequences in Myanmar, starting with the lack of rain…
As temperature will keep increasing, that will mean “more storms, more droughts, more lightnings… and less rain, less water in Irrawady River” U Tun Lwin explained in pedagogic terms. Anybody can figure out what it means in term of physical dangers, but also in terms of economic prospective: decrease of soil fertility, cost of reparation, people migrations, etc.
Myanmar is ranked as the second most impacted country in the world by climate change, but the causes and the solutions have no borders. Mr Brûlé, Green Lotus’ Chairman, presented the global picture of climate change, and the various types of renewable energies, and a focus has been made on “biomass solutions” in the afternoon.
A lot of recommendations arose from the discussions, to be published after the next meeting, in order to ensure a common agreement.
The very sensitive debate on big dams for hydropower solutions also went on the table, a participants agreed to make a focus on it at the next sessions, to be held on 27th of September.