The EuroCham Myanmar Responsible Business Initiative (EMRBI) is organising a Breakfast Talk on biodiversity and the role of the private sector in the conservation and utilisation of natural capital. This follows on from the United Nations World Environment Day on 5 June which is focused on biodiversity this year. It is also part of EMRBI’s commitment to support Myanmar’s achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and in particularly SDG14: Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources and SDG 15: Life on Land – Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
Companies therefore can have a significant direct or indirect negative impact on biodiversity and natural environment and can play a positive role in its conservation. The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to calls to ‘build back better’. As the OECD has said ‘For the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis to be durable and resilient, a return to ‘business as usual’ and environmentally destructive investment patterns and activities must be avoided. Unchecked, global environmental emergencies such as climate change and biodiversity loss could cause social and economic damages far larger than those caused by COVID-19".
The discussion will therefore focus on how to make this transition, and the role that business can play. The World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) and Fauna and Flora International (FFI) will present their initiatives to support the private sector to tackle issues such as deforestation, wildlife protection and the development of the renewable energy sector in Myanmar.
The private sector represented by Unilever and Total will share good practices and the lessons learned. The Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Bank will share more details about collaboration with the government and NGOs/private companies in light of the SDGs.
This Talk will be the fourth event organised by the EuroCham Myanmar Responsible Business Initiative. The EMRBI was launched in 2019 and provides the members of EuroCham Myanmar with a platform where they can share and exchange practical expertise and know-how in managing their business responsibly. By doing so, EuroCham Myanmar aims to foster positive and mutual collaboration amongst businesses, government, non-governmental organisations and the general public.
Moderator: Vicky Bowman, Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB)
- U Saw Hudson, Environmental Engineer, Total E&P Myanmar
- Alex Nyi Nyi Aung, Head of Communication and External Affairs, Unilever Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos
- Mark Grindley, Country Director, Fauna & Flora International
- Gaurav Gupta,Conservation Landscape Manager of WWF Myanmar
- Nina Doetinchem, Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist with the World Bank
- Rob Tizard, Senior Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society's Myanmar Program
Cost: EuroCham Myanmar Member - Free/ Non-Member - 5$/ 7,000 MMK