- The Myanmar Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) was launched in 2013 with the support of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) and is being implemented by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
- The Programme works as a platform to mainstream climate change into the Myanmar policy development and reform agenda, but it also supports all on-going actions and activities on climate change from the National Government, Local Authorities, NGOs, Development partners, Civil Society and the Private Sector.
- This recognizes that climate change, as a global challenge, can only be addressed by an alliance of partners, from local to global level. MCCA is the key platform for this in Myanmar.
How Does it Work?
- The MCCA has a core technical unit based within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) with a Chief Technical Adviser, a National Technical Adviser, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Financial Officer and Assistant Officer.
- This core team delivers technical assistance and support for all activities of MCCA – and other climate change related actions – on a daily basis. You can reach this team in the contact section.
- The MCCA also works with a Technical Working Group composed of almost all line Ministries, the three main cities (Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon), the Academia, the Civil Society, NGOs and technical development partners. It also cooperates with important partners such as WWF, UNDP, RIMES among others.
- The MCCA delivers its results by mobilizing national and international expertise, in addition to the core unit. This includes environmental specialists, climate change policy experts, urban & regional planners, socioeconomic specialists among others. Experts from UNEP and UN-Habitat in the region also provide technical support and guidance.
- We coordinate and cooperate with important projects and activities of, for instance, the BRACED Myanmar Alliance, UNDP, UNICEF, UN-Habitat among others at national and local level.
Note: we are always looking for experts and partners. If you have expertise in communications, climate science, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, urban planning; architecture and engineering or environmental sciences you may want to check Work With Us. If you wish to propose a partnership, Contact Us.
The goal of MCCA is to enable Myanmar to address climate change, the most challenging phenomenon of our times and especially in Myanmar.
To this end, MCCA wants to achieve the following:
- To strengthen the climate change related institutional and policy environment through sharing of technical knowledge and best practices, training and institutional support.
- To increase the resilience of climate vulnerable populations through evidence-based planning and policy making from sub-national level projects.
What We Do
MCCA will achieve these objectives by reaching three important results:
1) Making Myanmar society aware of climate change
2) Enabling policy-makers to address climate change in all sectors and actions through better policies, better coordination, and improved technical capacities
3) Helping local communities and townships to address climate change locally.
These are our lines of action:
Raise awareness and disseminate knowledge and science of climate change so that policy-makers and society more broadly are able to address climate change in their decisions and daily life. To achieve this we do the following:
- We mentor journalists, NGOs, and policy makers on communicating climate change, in cooperation with local and international NGOs and experts. A programme of training and mentoring will start in 2016 – to sign up, please click here.
- We disseminate climate change science, in cooperation with climate science expert institutions, such as RIMES and the Columbia University Center for Climate Science Research (CCCR). We are also partnering with the Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU) to create a searchable, online tool for climate change issues in Myanmar.
- We act as a platform to support the youth, the private sector and civil society to understand climate change. Part of this will involve supporting Climate Change Film Festival in 2016. Follow us to learn more!
- We provide a bilingual glossary of climate change terminology, which you can access here.
MCCA’s goal is to build institutional capacities and contribute to better climate change policies. To achieve this, we do the following:
- We work as platform for all line ministries in Myanmar’s three largest cities of Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, as well as interacting with universities, NGOs, the private sector and civil society to discuss climate change. MCCA is a member of the Technical Working Group, which meets on a regular basis to discuss policies and thematic issues. Contact us if you want to be involved in this work.
- We support the government in developing its climate change action plans and policies. The Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan is now well advanced and should be approved in 2016. More than 1,600 people have been consulted so far, including 20 line ministries and NGOs and members of the private sector in 23 townships in five states and regions. Please check the draft and share your comments with us. The National Climate Change Policy will be also drafted in 2016. Follow us to learn more about this process!
- We support the delivery of other important processes, such as the formulation of the Intended National Determined Contribution in September 2015, which captures Myanmar’s contribution to global efforts to combat the effects of climate change. This is a very important document that will become a Nationally Determined Contribution, and will be legally binding.
- We also support the participation of the country in global diplomacy, such as the historic COP21 and the negotiation of the Paris Agreement. Find further information here, the presentation about Myanmar’s strategy here and the Paris Agreement here.
- We are completing the national Climate Change Capacity Need Assessment and will design our first National Capacity Building Training programme to enable actors to be able and deliver the National Climate Change Strategy. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.
- We will build capacities to prepare a Vulnerability Assessment to Climate Change for the Country starting 2016.
- We will build technical human capacities to mainstream and address climate change in the key focus areas identified in the Strategy, as follows :
(1) Climate Smart Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock for Food Security;
(2) Sustainable Management of Natural Resources for Healthy Eco-System;
(3) Resilient and Low Carbon Energy, Transport and Industrial Systems for Sustainable Growth;
(4) Climate Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Towns and Cities for People to Live and Thrive;
(5) Climate Risk Management for People’s Health and Well-being;
(6) Education, Science and Technology for a Resilient Society
- In addition, we organize Forums, technical meetings and workshops with partners to advance capacities on climate change. For example the latest forum (7-9 March 2016) of ASEAN on Climate Change Adaptation on Agriculture, in cooperation with Action Aid, Oxfam and CUSO or the National Civil Society Forum on Climate Change (29 September 2015).
MCCA enables communities and local authorities to adapt to climate change, with an ecosystem based approach, where it matters most. To achieve this, we do the following:
- We assess vulnerabilities at township level to the current and future impact of climate change, based on local projections of climate changes developed with the help of the WWF and Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research (CCCR). Currently, we work in Pakokku Township (Dry Zone Area) and Laputta (Delta Area) to assess their vulnerability in terms of socioeconomic impacts, ecosystem impacts and urban-regional territorial impacts. Please follow our results as they appear here and find information on concepts and methodologies here.
- We plan with communities for long-term adaptation and investment. Once we will no about the vulnerabilities in the townships (June 206 final results), we will be able to plan with the Townships and communities the best adaptation solutions and implement the priorities. Follow the website to learn more, or get involved by contacting us or working with us.
- We implement adaptive measures through community grant facilities. In 2016 we will start a campaign of local adaptation, by delivering small grants against the priorities and plans identified in the most vulnerable parts of Pakokku and Laputta. This will include floods, strong-winds, water resources, adaptive agriculture among other solutions.
- We ensure that local adaptation planning and practices are reflected at national level, so that policies can support the local needs of people, villages and townships.