Developing Myanmar’s national climate change policy

IIED supported the Myanmar government in developing an overarching national climate change policy to integrate climate change into national priorities and planning, and provide a long-term vision for the country's sustainable development.

December 2016 - May 2017
Anna Schulz

Head of global climate law policy and governance programme, Climate Change

Men sitting in a conference room

Ministerial-level consultations on the Myanmar National Climate Policy, Nay Pyi Taw (Photo: Achala Abeysinghe, IIED)

As the global community seeks to fulfil its responsibilities under the Paris Agreement on climate change, many least developed countries (LDCs) are looking to develop national climate change policies that set out their long-term vision and provide a coherent response to climate change across all levels and sectors. Myanmar is one of them.

Myanmar's people and economy are increasingly vulnerable to climate hazards such as floods, droughts, cyclones and landslides, which hinders progress on socioeconomic development.

Recognising this, and responding to its commitment to undertake ambitious action under the Paris Agreement, the Myanmar government sought to adopt a National Climate Change Policy integrating climate considerations into national priorities.

What did IIED do?

IIED was invited by the Myanmar government to provide technical support to develop this new policy. This followed previous work by IIED with the Myanmar government to develop a national climate change strategy and action plan.

Building on that initial work, IIED conducted extensive consultations with government officials, civil society and development partners between December 2016 and May 2017.

The final outcome — the Myanmar National Climate Change Policy — provides a long-term vision for equitable socioeconomic development and strategic direction for action on climate change, which acknowledges Myanmar's commitment to ambitious action in implementing the Paris Agreement.