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Myanmar | First Seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development & On-Site Training of Trainers on Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asian Institute of Technology and the British High Commission established a partnership with the Myanmar Computer Federation for the organization of a Training Seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools For Low Carbon Development in Myanmar.

The training seminar was held on the 1st and 2nd of April 2013 at MICT Park in Yangon and was attended by 28 participants from organizations such as the Environmental and Economic Research Institute, the Water Research and Training Center, the Myanmar Engineering Society, the Myanmar Women Entrepreneur’s Association, as well as other NGO’s, the private sector and local universities.

The seminar built on the interactive ESCAP methodology, involving animated e - learning courses and a virtual library, as well as case studies and group activities moderated by the trainers were crafted to encourage participants to reflect on how “green growth” policies might be “mainstreamed” in their particular sector.The Training of Trainers Seminar provided an introduction to the “Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap”, and is followed by a four-week, self-paced, e-learning phase using a dedicated Online Facility, providing an easy to navigate knowledge and experience sharing platform for green growth practitioners. Graduates of the course will become members of an on-line green growth community.

The opening seminar in Myanmar included  a statement from the British Ambassador in Myanmar, remarks from U Khun Oo, President of MCF and Ms. Aneta Nikolova, Environmental Affairs Officer at EDD/ESCAP, who also presented on the UN approach to “Low Carbon Green Growth Policy Tools for Asia and the Pacific”.  In addition, Dr. Khin Ni Ni Thein , GEGG Convening Group Member Green Economy and Green Growth (GEGG), presented on the topic of “Water Policies for Green Growth and Green Growth Policies in the Water Sector”, with a special emphasis on issues in Myanmar.

The Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development seminars and the Green Growth on-line e-Learning facility are designed to enhance the ability and skills of key decision-makers from the recipient countries to devise various green growth/green economy policy responses for fostering a low carbon development, amidst tackling more effectively the issues of resource efficiency, environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and climate.

The participants joining the on-line e-learning facility are given access to a world-wide green growth/green economy community of practice. Once certified, the status of National Green growth champion and Trainer of trainers are given, allowing for further outreach and continuous capacity building through unlimited access to the online materials and resources.

In order to ensure that continuous training will be delivered to prospective participants in the future, ESCAP established a National Green Growth e-Learning Node at the Myanmar Computer Federation, which will be responsible for delivering such training over the next three years.