International Consultant (Resilience & Sustainability Mainstreaming)
UNDP Myanmar is implementing its Country Programme for 2018-2022. Integrated programming has guided the design of the new programme in order to better address the inter-linkages between peace-building, governance, natural resource management and disaster resilience, inclusive growth, and the vertical linkages between subnational and national governance levels.
The Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP) is designed to help the Government of Myanmar (GoM) implement recent policy reforms related to environmental governance, climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), to ensure that economic growth in Myanmar is more inclusive, resilient and sustainable. The project recognises that environmental degradation, when combined with natural disasters and effects of climate change, undermines the attainment of inclusive and sustainable growth. It also recognises that Myanmar’s environmental assets present unique opportunities for green economic development, which can directly support women’s economic empowerment and community resilience.
Through GRSP, UNDP will continue to support the implementation of the new National Environmental Policy (NEP), Myanmar Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (MAPDRR) and Myanmar Climate Change Policy and Climate Change Strategy and Master Plan (MCCSMP) at the Union and sub-national levels. This implementation of the NEP will be through the finalization of the Strategic Framework for the NEP, and the development of a national level Master Plan and similar master plans at the sub-national levels. These tools are intended to guide priority environmental governance interventions, as well as the mainstreaming of environmental considerations throughout all government planning and decision-making.
The NEP, MAPDRR and MCCSMP all advocate for the mainstreaming of environment, climate and DRR considerations throughout all sectors. Through GRSP, UNDP will support the lead agencies – the Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) – to develop an integrated approach to mainstreaming that also incorporates gender considerations. The intention is not to develop another strategy or document, but rather a set of practical tools that can be used collaboratively by ECD and DDM to support mainstreaming efforts. GRSP will also support the piloting of this mainstreaming approach by targeting one sector for practical incorporation of sustainability and resilience considerations into the particular sector plans.
With the adoption of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP), as well as the preparation of the MSDP National Indicator Framework (NIF), it is important that the National Environmental Master Plan and the integrated mainstreaming strategy are prepared in a way that supports achievement of the MSDP.