01.07.2019

Workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Management among BIMSTEC Countries

On 18th June 2019, FES Myanmar co-hosted a workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC Countries in Yangon together with the Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical & Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

In our peace and security programs we want to address comprehensive concepts of security thus including paramount issues as climate change to the regional dialogues between our partner institutions. FES Myanmar was happy to support this initiative by MISIS which shows the intensification of relations between the think tanks of the region. 

Scholars and experts from the BIMSTEC countries presented analysis and the situation of Climate Change and Disaster management in their respected countries. The existing policies and regulations in their respective countries was also included in their presentation. Representatives from the embassies of the Republic of India, Democratic Socialist republic of Sri Lanka, the Kingdom of Thailand and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Union of Myanmar were present at the workshop.

H.E. U Myint Thu, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Myanmar highlighted the network of experts to support the leaders and policy makes in the region.

“Through this workshop among the BIMSTEC group of think tanks, scholars, experts and scientists, a strong and viable network will be built to support leaders and policy makers to formulate strategic plans to address climate change and disaster management.”

The workshop provides valuable contributions and practical recommendations to the policy makers and leaders though senior officials at the Track II level. It also creates an opportunity to build a stronger and more viable regional effective network of scientists, scholars, experts, technicians and think tankers to discuss on how to deal efficiently with all kinds of future environmental issues and impending disasters in the BIMSTEC region and beyond.

  • Presentation by Dr. Daw Kyi Kyi Hla, Member, Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS), 18 July 2019, Photo by FES/ Lar Say
  • Delicates from BIMSTEC Countries, 18 June 2019, Photo by FES/ Lar Say
  • Opening Remark by H.E. U Myint Thu, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Myanmar, 18 June 2019, Photo by FES/ Lar Say

Find out more about the event by having a look at the media coverage of the roundtable workshop and the interviews that FES conducted with Mr. Laxmi Kanta Sharma from Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and Mr. Tshering Penjor from the Kingdom of Bhutan.


Interview with Mr. Tshering Penjor

 

 

Tshering Penjor
Registrar
Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS), Bhutan

 

 

 

Q: In which way this workshop is useful to you?

TP: It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with experts from the region and I am definite that this network of experts will prove beneficial in not only sharing ideas, information and knowledge but also foster a strong sense of belongingness to the region, act as a team in combating climate change. 

Q: What immediate action/coordination are needed to address the climate change and disaster management in the BIMSTEC countries?

TP: I would recommend more of actions on concrete projects and activities. While seminars and workshops will keep playing important roles, I think the way-forward would be to concentrate more on actionable projects that can be replicated in our respective countries. Think Tanks will have to keep pushing the agenda wherever possible. We must tie up with independent CSOs and private entities and work as a team. 


Interview with Mr. Laxmi Kanta Sharma



Laxmi Kanta Sharma

Associate Professor of Economics

Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

 

 

Q: In which way this workshop is useful to you?

LK: This workshop is found useful in connecting and gathering ideas from think tanks of BIMSTEC member states on climate change. Each country has their special issue of climate change and disaster management, but the impact is to be shared by all so efforts to address climate change effect and skills for disaster management is to be jointly tackled and shared by all member states of BIMSTEC.

Q: What immediate action/coordination are needed to address the climate change and disaster management in the BIMSTEC countries?

LK: The immediate actions needed are developing a forum of scholars and thinktanks to conduct research on climate change and disaster management. Scholars from BIMSTEC member states can visit disaster affected areas and can share ideas and ways of mitigation and adaptations. Developing a database of climate change and disaster management in the region needs special support from respective governments. Each member state has to provide a substantial budget for research and database development. The outcome, of research will be important guidelines for the concerned government. Academic collaboration between research entities of the region is therefore a must.

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For more information on the Workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Management among BIMSTEC Countries, contact the FES Office in Myanmar.

 

 

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 
Myanmar

No 739, Sabal Yone, 1st street,
Yankin Township,
Yangon,
Myanmar

+95 9 972 779 747
info-myanmar(at)fes.asia

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