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Workshop on Green Ecology in Myanmar

26/09/2019 - 

More than 150 participants representing relevant Government Departments from MoALI and MoNREC, YAU, State Agriculture Institutes, International organizations/INGOs/NGOs, UN Agencies and Donors participated in the national workshop on “Green Ecology in Myanmar”, co-organized by FAO and NCSAC/YAU on 29th Aug 2019 at YAU. 

The workshop was celebrate under the framework of a GEF funded project implemented by FAO “Sustainable Cropland and Forest Management in Priority Agro-Ecosystems of Myanmar (SLM-GEF)” since July 2016, jointly with MoALI and MoNREC to build capacity of farming and forestry stakeholders to mitigate climate change and improve land conditions. This is done by adopting policies and practices related to climate smart agriculture (CSA), sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable land management (SLM). In order to coordinate development, packaging and promotion of best practices and to conduct advocacy activities related to CSA, this project has supported establishment and operationalization of a National Climate Smart Agriculture Center (NCSAC) at Yezin Agricultural University (YAU). 

During the workshop, it was highlighted that nowadays, Myanmar is exposed to cyclones, floods, heavy rains, droughts, extreme temperatures etc, which are becoming more severe and are resulting in a massive displacement of people, destruction of livelihoods and reduction in agricultural production all of whichcan potentially lead to food insecurity. Therefore, it is important to promote and upscale best techniques and practices of CSA, SLM, SFM, agroforestry, water-saving techniques, and agroecology to achieve the sustainable goal by sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and income.

A total of 14 papers related to four sub-themes of the workshop: CSA/SLM/SFM concepts/techniques, water-saving techniques and irrigation, agroforestry and agro-ecology, were presented by various speakers and was followed by a group discussion and presentations on issues/challenges, opportunities and recommendations for promoting the mentioned topics in Myanmar.

FAO’s contributions to livelihood improvement and economic development towards achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals in Myanmar were stressed. In addition, it was assured that FAO would continue its commitment to collaborate closely with the Government of the Union of Myanmar and other partners in promoting policies and practices of CSA, SLM, SFM, and agroecology in Myanmar, in order to achieveof the joint goals of sustainable development of the country.

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