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Japan-Myanmar Environmental Policy Dialogue

Following the first "Japan-Myanmar Environmental Policy Dialogue" held in Nay Pyi Taw in January 2018, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) and the Ministry for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar (MONREC) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in August 2018 to strengthen, facilitate and develop mutual cooperation in the field of environment. Based on the MOC, both countries will share information and expertise in various ways such as regular policy dialogues and training programmes.

Year Venue Outline
1st Dialogue
Nay Pyi Taw

This dialogue gave an update on the progress of environmental cooperation, including water environment management, project formation under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), , and city-to-city cooperation, with a report from Myanmar on the current state of the environment.  Both countries reported on the state of waste management policies respectively and agreed to conduct capacity development activities for relevant stakeholders in waste management sector. The policy dialogue discussed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and both sides agreed that a part of MOEJ and MONREC’s cooperative activities on capacity development of EIA system will be delivered in cooperation with JICA. The Joint Statement between MOEJ and MONREC on the First Japan-Myanmar Environment Policy Dialogue was announced as an outcome.

2nd Dialogue

The two countries discussed and confirmed the way forward for environmental cooperation. Both sides agreed to cooperate on the issue of marine plastic litter in ASEAN countries, as part of the ASEAN+3 Marine Plastics Debris Cooperative Action Initiative, including the formulation of Myanmar's national action plan. The parties also agreed to continue the training program on Environmental Impact Assessment in Myanmar, and to promote environmental infrastructure and accelerate REDD+ through the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM). Regarding waste management and Johkasou, outcomes of Japan's support in formulating Yangon region's waste management master plan and a related workshop were shared, and both sides agreed to cooperate in holding a Johaksou seminar in Mandalay.

3rd Dialogue
Nay Pyi Taw

Regarding water pollution measures and Johkasou, the two sides discussed such issues as water quality monitoring system and laws and regulations on wastewater treatment, and agreed to cooperate on a Johkasou seminar and to consider a Johkasou pilot project. In addition, both sides agreed that Japan would support formulating Myanmar's national action plan regarding marine plastic litter, as well as in developing Myanmar's waste management laws and regulations. Both sides also agreed to cooperate in expanding the scope of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia in the field of air pollution, to encourage the private sector's participation in the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) as well as to cooperate on capacity development for promoting JCM, and to discuss reviewing Myanmar's Environmental Impact Assessment procedures as well as capacity development for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation staff.