News & Events

June 6, 2016, Mr. Joern Kristensen, MIID Executive Director met with Union Minister U Ohn Win and senior staff of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection to discuss further cooperation between the Ministry and MIID.

Myanmar’s rivers provide a critical source of water for navigation and irrigation as well as food production and livelihoods for millions of people. These rivers are also a big part of the country’s plans for development and reducing poverty by harnessing hydropower for electricity and also for generating taxes. Hydropower can be part of a sustainable energy future if designed and operated in a manner that avoids or minimizes impacts on people and their environment.

As Myanmar develops, its river systems risk coming under pressure from increasingly rapid changes. Drivers of change can include human uses of the rivers for food and transport, growth of riverside villages, towns and cities as well as large development projects such as dams.

How do we influence people and change attitudes? This is one of the core questions we ask when we are engaging Government officials and communities around development issues.

On March 16, MIID held a workshop in Naypyidaw with The Nature Conservancy, WWF and DFID titled Balancing Energy for People and Nature: Strengthening the Development Impact of Hydropower Investments through System-Scale Planning. The presentations from TNC and WWF showed how basin scale hydropower planning should incorporate a variety of environmental, social and economic factors. In this way energy goals can be satisfied while minimizing conflict and harm to the environment.

From 12-16 of February, 2016, nineteen participants from the hills of Shan State were brought to Yangon by MIID to learn about bamboo and furniture products.

From 1-6th February 2016, two marketing trainings with 50 participants were undertaken in 6 villages in Southern Shan state with both men and women attending. The training was led by Thirimay Women’s Development Cooperative Society with MIID and focused on products grown in the village including groundnut, bamboo and ginger. The training looked at how to improve the value chain of these products to ensure better outcomes for villagers.

Journalists cover news related to climate change adaptation on a daily basis, and yet they often lack the basic conceptual understanding of the subject they write about.

In January 2016, 30 farmers from Letmaung Gwe Village Tract in Shan State conducted a five day exposure visit to the Department of Agricultural Research, a ginger drying factory and Cesvi. The farmers learnt about a variety of value chains including seed selection, groundnut cultivation, seed bank management, ginger processing and a variety of groundnut product processing techniques. The Minister of Agriculture U Myint Hlaing personally came and spoke to the farmers.

On the 23rd of February Cornell University, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as a framework for cooperative programs in Myanmar. Cornell University and MIID have agreed to facilitate international academic exchange, develop academic and scientific relationships, and undertake collaborative research activities.