Strategic Environmental Assessment Stakeholder Discussions

Date: January 5-February 19, 2018
Venue: Myitkyina, Dawei, Bago, Hpa An, Taunggyi, Yangon, and Nay Pyi Taw Myanmar

Agenda for Yangon discussions available online here

IFC and Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), are holding a series of discussions to finalize the countrywide strategic environmental assessment (SEA) – a planning tool to improve sustainability of the hydropower sector.

 

Starting on January 5, several discussions will be held throughout the month with civil society, NGOs, private sector and government officials in Myitkyina, Dawei, Bago, Hpa An, Taunggyi, Yangon, and Nay Pyi Taw. Building on previous engagements, participants will have an opportunity to learn how their feedback has contributed to shaping the final SEA report. In 2016, stakeholders took part in over 50 engagements to share their insights on environmental and social values related to riverine development in Myanmar, providing the foundation for the SEA.

 

Led by the two ministries — MONREC and MOEE — Myanmar’s SEA focuses on the country’s hydropower potential while mapping environmental and social complexities. The SEA’s purpose is to identify opportunities to sustain natural river basin processes that regulate and maintain river health and other ecosystems services. It further aims to help identify opportunities for protection of unique sites and important values; and areas that can provide adequate low cost and reliable energy. However, a river basin identified by the SEA as low- or medium-risk is not necessarily a green light for development. It only indicates that at the strategic level, these areas provide higher scopes for development than others that may be key biodiversity hotspots, areas of cultural importance, or affected by conflict.

 

Once completed, the SEA’s Sustainable Development Framework will be available for the public in English and Myanmar languages.

 

SEA stakeholder discussions are scheduled across Myanmar as below:

  • January 5, 2018: Upper Ayeyarwady, Myintykyina
  • January 8, 2018: Tanintharyi Coastal Basins, Dawei
  • January 10, 2018: Sittaung River Basin, Bago
  • January 12, 2018: Lower Thanlwin River Basin, Hpa An
  • January 15, 2018: Tuanggyi
  • February 17, 2018: Nay Pyi Taw
  • February 19, 2018: Yangon

 

Since September 2015, IFC, with support from the Australian government, has helped the government of Myanmar better manage risk by training officials on environmental and social standards in the hydropower sector. Ongoing training includes courses on IFC’s Performance Standards — which was recently launched in Myanmar language — environmental flows, stakeholder engagement and benefit sharing, as well as environmental and social impact-assessment guidelines for the hydropower sector.

 

Click here for FAQs on the SEA of Myanmar’s Hydropower sector. For additional information on the SEA process, click on the following links: SEA Stage 1 and Stage 2, SEA Resources Page including the SEA Hydropower Database and SEA Stakeholder Engagement Maps in English and Myanmar languages.