Event Info:

  • Wed 16 September, 2020
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Hopin
  • EuroCham Myanmar Event


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.

The first paragraph of Myanmar’s June 2019 National Environmental Policy says “Myanmar is blessed with diverse ecosystems, rich biodiversity and bountiful natural resources. The health of these ecosystems is essential for the country’s development and the people’s wellbeing, given that all economic and social sectors depend on its natural capital. Yet many of our country’s natural resources and environmental assets are under pressure due to a number of different causes. (…) As a result of the opening of the country’s economy, increasing foreign and domestic investment is contributing to an intensification of industrial activity and rapid urban expansion. (…) Furthermore, Myanmar is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Widespread natural disasters caused by extreme weather events and predicted future dramatic climate change are major challenges for the country’s economic and social development’.

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