Friday, August 18, 2017

Environment policy draft to go online for public review

The National Environmental Policy is getting an upgrade from the version first enacted in 1940.

The reworked policy is nearing completion, though the draft still needs to be fully reviewed, U Hla Maung Thein, interim director general of Environmental Conservation Department, said at a workshop yesterday.

“We expected to finalise the draft after this workshop, but we will need a thorough review of the draft based on today discussions,” he said.

Members of the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee discussing the draft yesterday suggested including companies in the review process.

A final version of the draft policy will be posted on the department’s website when it is ready, U Hla Maung Thein added.

“Everyone can make suggestions on our final draft. We will carefully consider suggestions and whether they should be included in the draft,” he said.

“We will hold discussions again with the aim of making sure it is a workable policy.”

The police revision is being funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), with technical support provided by the Finnish government.

Translation by Zar Zar Soe