About 20 Myanmar government officials are already in Paris or are on their way to make the government’s case to the United Nations Climate Conference, said U Nay Aye, director general of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry’s Environmental Conservation Department.
Myanmar will tell the international community that while its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will almost certainly increase in the coming decades, it plans to undertake a number of steps to minimise the increase, and prepare for the effects of climate change. In particular, it will maintain its forests so it remains a net GHG emissions “sink”.
The Paris conference, which started on November 23, will run to December 11. “The first delegates left on November 23. U Win Tun, minister for environmental conservation and forestry, will lead the delegation until December 5. Deputy minister Daw Thet Thet Zin will make the presentation on the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) of Myanmar, which includes the country’s plan for climate change mitigation and adaption,” he said.
The government submitted its plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in September, and will present it to the conference between December 7 and 11.
“With the largest standing forests on mainland Southeast Asia, Myanmar currently absorbs more greenhouse gases than it emits, thereby already making a significant contribution to global efforts to tackle climate change,” the plan says.