. Earth Science News .

Myanmar seeks outside help to build 'green economy'
by Staff Writers
Naypyidaw (AFP) Nov 1, 2011

Myanmar urged developed nations on Tuesday to share their green technologies, in the military-backed government's latest effort to reach out to the global community.

"Being a developing country, we need technological transfer, particularly for the development of renewable energy through solar, wind and tidal power," Environmental Conservation and Forestry Minister Win Tun said as he opened a conference in the capital.

He said the experiences of other countries would "provide an opportunity to develop a road map for green growth for Myanmar."

Myanmar's first-ever Green Economy and Green Growth Forum comes just weeks after the authoritarian regime stunned observers by freezing work an unpopular Chinese-backed mega dam in a rare concession to public opinion.

Myanmar is one of the world's least developed countries but it is rich in natural resources such as oil, gas, minerals and gems.

Hopes of political change in the repressive state have grown in recent months, with efforts by the new, nominally-civilian government to reach out to opponents and introduce tentative steps towards more openness.

Observers say the moves appear to show Myanmar's desire to end its long international isolation, but the trade and financial sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union are unlikely to be lifted anytime soon.

Among those attending the start of the four-day environmental conference was visiting top United Nations official Vijay Nambiar.

The chief of staff to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, arrived in the country on Monday and is expected to meet with government officials and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi during his five-day stay.

Suu Kyi is set to take part in the final day of the environmental forum on Friday when the event moves to Yangon, the latest in a series of invitations extended to the opposition leader by the government.

Related Links
Our Polluted World and Cleaning It Up

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

UK environmental consulting market falls in 2010; prospects flat for 2011
London, UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2011
The latest report from market research firm Environment Analyst concludes that the UK environmental consultancy sector contracted by 8.4% in 2010, to stand at 1,230 million pounds. This is the market's second consecutive decline after more than two decades of unbroken growth. The 113 million pounds decline in the sector was primarily the result of government austerity and the curtailing of ... read more

Purdue quake expert returns to Turkish homeland to assess damage

Evacuation after ammonia leak at US nuclear plant

New fission suspected at Japan nuclear plant

Japan lawmaker drinks water from Fukushima plant

Radium likely cause of Tokyo hotspot: city office

Google expands online bookstore to Canada

Spin lasers in the fast lane

An important aspect of structural design of super-tall buildings and structures

An analysis of water discourse over 40 years of UN declarations

Fog harvesting gives water to South African village

Seaweed records show impact of ocean warming

US watchdog slams Iraq sewage plant efforts

Campaigners push for vast Antarctic marine reserve

A Crack in the Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf

Scientists Predict Faster Retreat for Antarctic Thwaites Glacier

Extreme Melting on Greenland Ice Sheet

Cattle parasite vaccine offers hope to world's poorest farmers

Farming Australia takes on China Inc.

Crop sensors outdo farmers at choosing nitrogen rates

For land conservation, formal and informal relationships influence success

Electrocution warning as Thai flood toll spikes

Floods divide on-edge Thai capital

Thai officials on defensive as flood anger mounts

Boy rescued after 108 hours under Turkey quake rubble

Japan to send nation-building troops to S.Sudan

Nigerian military mop up arms in restive city

Kenyan raid kills three civilians in southern Somalia

700 protest over war pensions in Mozambique

Seven billion people are not the issue rather human development is what counts

Cheers, fears as world population hits seven billion

Brain imaging study: A step toward true dream reading

Altitude sickness worst in northern India


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement