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SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMME
WHY SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE?

Over the coming 20 years Myanmar’s government plans to roll out 34,400km of roads; roads that are urgently needed but which unless properly planned for could devastate Myanmar’s spectacular natural landscapes and the people and wildlife who depend on them. During this critical phase of development Myanmar’s investments need to incorporate environmental sustainability and social equity, or they risk delivering long-term consequences that far outweigh any short-term gain.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

We are working with partners and the government to collect and analyse crucial data on infrastructure and its impacts on wildlife and the environment, raising awareness and understanding of the broad range of ecological issues related to transport infrastructure, and helping to ensure that sustainability is at the forefront of conversations on infrastructure development.

Meet the team
Urvana Menon
Urvana Menon
Sustainable Infrastructure Programme Manager
What do you do?

I lead the development, coordination and implementation of Myanmar’s sustainable infrastructure development agenda with an emphasis on policy advocacy for sustainable linear infrastructure in transboundary projects and multi-country projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative. We focus on tackling the gaps in infrastructure planning: capacity-building for resilience, the need to incorporate ecosystem services, and the opportunity presented by improvements in planning. The goal is to provide the most essential information in the pre-planning stages to in turn provide the greatest opportunity to anticipate and avoid environmental, climate, and social impacts and risks.

Why do you do it?

Planning for the infrastructure of the 21st century creates perhaps the single most important opportunity to integrate these various global agreements, country commitments, and fundamental science-based needs to maintain biodiversity, reduce emissions, build resilience, and bring millions around the world out of poverty. We can transform the way communities and civil society perceive infrastructure development, by recognizing how it links with human wellbeing and society’s ability to adapt to climate change.

Sai Than Lwin
Sai Than Lwin
Programme Officer
What do you do?

I am supporting the overall implementation of the Sustainable Infrastructure Programme that aims to integrate biodiversity conservation, inclusive and climate-resilient aspects in transport infrastructure development by working closely with the stakeholders in Myanmar.

Why do you do it?

It is always important to consider biodiversity and wildlife conservation, inclusive and climate resilient in every stage and level of linear infrastructure projects to ensure that the projects are sustainable and climate resilient for both nature and humans. I am so grateful to be a part of the team to implement sustainability in developing infrastructure.

 Hmway Thir Win
Hmway Thir Win
Programme Assistant
What do you do?

I assist my team in doing news research and analysis for Myanmar transport infrastructure projects and in the process of building ecological connectivity between biodiversity & wildlife and man-made linear infrastructure.

Why do you do it?

I love nature and believe that natural capital and its ecosystem should be maintained in a sustainable way, especially when building infrastructures around it for leading sustainable development.

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