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Jade Mining in Kachin State – Environmental Management Plans

This Advisory Paper (in English and Myanmar) advises how to achieve safer and more environmentally friendly practices in the jade mining areas of Lonkhin and Hpakant in Kachin State, with suggestions for inclusion of yemasay/scavengers.

Can Yangon Air Quality Be ‘Built Back Better’?

On 13 June, MCRB sponsored local youth environmental campaigners Air Quality Yangon to hold a Burmese-language webinar on the causes and consequences of poor air quality in Yangon.

Environmental Impact Assessments Should Ensure That Investors Address Adverse Impacts; They Are Not A Good Tool For Promoting Community Development

On 24 May, Vicky Bowman, MCRB Director, gave a presentation to a webinar hosted for around 60 participants  by the Myanmar Environmental Assessment Association (MEAA) in which she explained the multiple meanings and understanding of ‘CSR’...

Building Understanding of Responsible Business and EIA for Communities in Yenangyaung

MCRB, in partnership with Green Future, a local civil society organisation (CSO), held a two day training session on Responsible Business and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in Yenangyaung on 10-11 February...

MCRB Contributes to Successful First International Conference by Myanmar Environment Assessment Association

The First International Conference on Enviroment and Sustainable Development was held by Myanmar Environment Assessment Association on 8-9 January 2020 in Sule Shangri-la Hotel.

MCRB comments on the draft registration procedure for ‘3rd party’ EIA consultants

MCRB has supplied written comments to the ongoing consultation on the draft procedure for EIA consultant registration.

Workshop for Kyaukphyu communities on EIA and public participation

MCRB, in partnership with Scholar Institute held a training on Responsible Business and the role of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in Kyaukphyu on 29 August.

Government Should Give Early ‘Joined-Up’ Advice to Investors to Avoid Negative Impacts on Biodiversity

On 27 August, MCRB in cooperation with the Environmental Conservation Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) held a one day workshop for ministry staff involved in investment in a variety of sectors...

Building Environmental Legal Advocacy Skills for Civil Society Leaders

MCRB and Vermont Law School are undertaking a programme of In-Depth Training on Environmental Legal Advocacy for civil society leaders, to support them in understanding Myanmar’s environmental policy and law framework.

Strengthening Public Understanding Of Environmental Impact Assessment

MCRB worked with Vermont Law School (supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung), in cooperation with the Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) of MONREC, and local civil society networks, to hold workshops in Mandalay, Monywa, Taunggyi and Loikaw.

Briefing Paper on Biodiversity, Human Rights and Business

MCRB has published a briefing paper intended to help business, civil society and government, particularly regulators, understand how some types of investment in Myanmar can negatively impact biodiversity and and thereby affect human rights.

Making the Links between Business, Human Rights and the Environment for Asia’s Legal Professionals

Vicky Bowman, MCRB Director, attended the 31st LAWASIA conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia from 3-5 November, attended by over 450 lawyers, mostly from commercial practice, from throughout the Asia region.

Building Understanding of EIA and Responsible Business for Civil Society Groups in Southern and Eastern Shan State

MCRB in partnership with Metta Development Foundation and Environmental Conservation and Farmer Development Organization (Shan), held a workshop on EIA in Taunggyi on 3-4 October for around 40 partiicpants from civil society organisations (CSOs) and commu

Working with Community Groups in Shan State on Responsible Business and EIA

Hnin Wut Yee and Aung Kyaw Soe were speakers at a workshop in Taunggyi for civil society organizations on “Responsible Business and the Role of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)” on 7/8 June...

Join MCRB and Thant Myanmar in the Battle to Beat Plastic Pollution

For the last couple of years, MCRB has been asking hotels where we hold events to work with us to #beatplasticpollution. In particular we have asked for them to reduce usage of plastic water bottles by offering clean, safe water in dispensers and jugs.

MCRB/OXFAM workshop on Responsible investment in plantation agriculture, with a focus on land

On 27 April, Oxfam and MCRB hosted a multi-stakeholder discussion on ‘Responsible investment in plantation agriculture' in Yangon.

Reinforcing Connections Between Business, Biodiversity, and Human Rights Impacts in Myanmar

MCRB with support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust has been seeking to build understanding of the links between business, biodiversity, and human rights in Myanmar, particularly the right to livelihood...

Our Biggest Challenge as Consultants is Companies Refusing to Admit Projects Could Have Negative Impacts

MCRB, together with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Conservation (MONREC) and Vermont Law School, with support from Heinrich Boll Foundation, held a workshop for local Environmental Impact Assessment Consultants...

Vicky Bowman: It’s the many impacts of business on the environment which are of most concern.

Interview with MCRB Director Vicky Bowman by the Global New Light Of Myanmar.

MCRB Welcomes Launch of Burmese Version of the IFC Performance Standards

Vicky Bowman spoke on 27 April in Novotel Yangon at the launch of the Burmese translation of the Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group.

The Public is Still in the Dark on Environmental Impact Assessments

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business today published a Survey Update which examines how many Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Initial Environmental Examinations (IEE) have been disclosed.

‘Environmental Impact Assessments in Myanmar’ Workshop

On 12 September 2016, MCRB and ERM co-organised a discussion on ‘Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in Myanmar’ with civil society organisations (CSOs), with the objective of sharing experience and knowledge of EIAs.

Second training workshop held for local EIA consultants

On 30 September 2016, Vermont Law School (VLS) and MCRB co-organised a second training session for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultants in Yangon.

Building the Capacity of Local EIA Consultants

On 12 August 2016, Vermont Law School (VLS) and MCRB with the support from Heinrich-Böll Stiftung co-organised a training session for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultants in Yangon.

Building an Effective EIA Process for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

MCRB convened a meeting between government, offshore oil and gas companies and others on July 11 in Naypyidaw to discuss lessons learned from the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) / Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

Environment is Top Concern for Sustainable Tourism in Ngapali

Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), co-hosted the first ever multistakeholder workshop on responsible tourism in Ngapali from 11-13 May 2016.

Survey Finds Mixed Picture on Disclosure of Environmental Impact Assessments

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business has published a survey which examines how many Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Initial Environmental Examinations (IEE) have been published.

Local voices still need to be heard in Wan Hsala village, Shan State

Hnin Wut Yee, Research and Outreach Manager at MCRB has written a blog on the impacts of a Salween/Thanlwin dam project at Tasang on local women in Wan Sala village.

Some Pointers for Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment

On 24 February 2016, MCRB and PACT MPE (Mekong Partnership for Environment) co-organised a discussion in Yangon of public participation in EIA with the objectives of sharing experience which could be used to guide development of regional guidelines on pub

Myanmar Emissions Guidelines

The first set of Myanmar National Environmental Quality Guidelines to regulate emissions in a number of sectors were released on 29 December 2015.

MCRB Welcomes Adoption of the Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures and Calls for Effective Implementation and Enforcement

The Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) has adopted its long-awaited Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures which have been put together with the help of the Asian Development Bank.

Tertiary Education Sector is Essential for Effective Environmental Impact Assessment in Myanmar

Vicky Bowman was invited to speak to a conference on Myanmar Geosciences Futures hosted at Yangon University with the support of the British Council and the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on 20 January.

Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures

The Myanmar Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures (MOECAF Notification 616 of 29 December 2015) are available in Burmese, with an unofficial English translation of the Procedures and Annex 1 in English.

Amnesty International slams abusive, poorly regulated Myanmar mining industry

Amnesty International is calling for investigations by Canada and China into potential human rights abuses and illegal activity relating to the Monywa copper mining operation in Myanmar.

Myanmar and CSR: Creating and Implementing Successful Strategy

Vicky Bowman has co-authored a blog with Inle Advisory Group on what CSR means in and for Myanmar. Foreign businesses are expected to be a major player in the development of the country. We offer the following recommendations to assist in thinking through

The Private Sector’s Experience and Expectations of Environmental and Social Safeguards

On February 10th 2014, Vicky Bowman gave a presentation (English/Myanmar) on ‘The Private Sector’s Experience and Expectations of Environmental and Social Safeguards’ to an ADB-sponsored National Seminar on Myanmar’s Country Safeguards System, Naypyidaw

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