- 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 to happen 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 Advisor, a National Technical Advisor, 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.
Important: we are always looking for experts and partners. If you have expertise on : Communication; Climate Science; Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction; Urban Planning; Architecture and Engineering, Environmental Sciences you may want to constantly check on Work With Us. If you just want to propose a partnerships, Contact Us.
The Goal of MCCA is to enable Myanmar to be able and 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, and respective roles. 2) Enabling policy-makers to address climate change in all sectors and actions through better policies, better coordination, and improved technical capacities; 3) and 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 society, policy and decision-makers and individuals are able to address climate change in their actions or daily life. To achieve this we do the following:
- We mentor journalists, NGOs, and policy makers on communicating climate change, in cooperation with National and International NGOs and experts. A programme of training and mentoring will start in 2016, with partners. To sign up for this exciting programme, sign-up 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 on-line tool for climate change issues in Myanmar.
- We act as platform to support youth, private sector, communities to understand and communicate climate change. Support to a Climate Change Film Festival in 2016, NGOs and UN agencies working with the Youth are also upcoming in 2016. Follow us to know more!
- We provide access to knowledge starting from for example, so much needed translations and clarifications and concepts in Myanmar here.
Build institutional capacities, better climate change policies, and human capacities to address climate change. To achieve this, we do the following:
- We work as platform for all line ministries, 3 main cities (Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay), the Universities, NGOs, the Private Sector, the Civil Society, to decide on climate change in sector. Official members of the Technical Working Group meet on a regular basis to work on policies and on thematic issues. Contact us if you want to be involved in this work.
- We support the government in developing its climate change action plans, policies, and any other climate change legal, policy or instrument required. The Myanmar Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan is now well advanced and should be approved in 2016. More than 1600 people have been consulted so far, 20 line ministries, 3 major cities, 23 townships in 5 states and regions, NGOs and the Private Sector. Check the draft and let us have your comments! Find your role and let us know your ideas to improve it, or specific activities that should be included. The National Climate Change Policy will be also drafted in 2016. Follow-us to know more about this process!
- We support the deliver of other important processes, such as the formulation of the Intended National Determined Contribution in September 2015, which captures Myanmar’s contribution to the global effort in combating climate change. This is a very important document that will now become National Determined Contribution, and legally binding.
- We also support the participation of the country in the global diplomacy, such as the participation in the historic COP21 and negotiation of the Paris Agreement. Find information here, the presentation of the Myanmar Strategy in Paris here and the Paris Agreement here.
- We are completing the national Climate Change Capacity Need Assessment and, on this basis, we will design our first National Capacity Building Training programme to enable actors to be able and deliver the National Climate Change Strategy. Please let us know if you are interested in this programme.
- 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).
Enable communities and local authorities to adapt to climate change, with an eco-system based approach, where it matter most. To achieve this, we do the following:
- We (1) 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 socio-economic impacts, eco-system impacts and urban-regional territorial impacts. Please follow our results as they appear here and find information on concepts and methodologies here.
- We (2) 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 know more, or get involved by contacting us or working with us.
- We (3) implement adaptive measures through community grant facilities. In May/June 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 (4) 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.