Since 2013, SEI has engaged with Myanmar partners and stakeholders to support sustainable development through evdence-based participatory planning processes in the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin River Basins.

SEI’s Environmental Strategy for Myanmar lays the groundwork for a new chapter of work to build on our achievements and lessons learned in Myanmar. The Strategy will guide our research, policy development and capacity development collaborations on environment and development in Myanmar for the next 10 years (2019-2028) as we continue our mission to support science-based decision-making towards a transformative change for an environmentally sound and socially equitable Myanmar.

This Strategy recognizes that innovation, adaptation, resilience and long-term partnerships are key to our future success. Thus, this is a living document, subject to revision and refinement that will ensure our gains and success are both adaptable and sustainable. A comprehensive impact assessment and review will be performed every three years, in 2022, 2025 and 2028, through application of SEI’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system to evaluate our progress in delivering benefits at scale and in recognizing lessons to be drawn upon in the future.

The Strategy has four key themes: Water Resources Management and Agriculture, Gender, Environment and Development (GED), Sustainable Energy, and Climate Change, Disasters and Development.

It is critical to build new partnerships, as well as nurture our existing collaborations with concerned state and non-state actors. Myanmar’s partners will have an opportunity to lead or co-lead joint activities with regional and international experts from SEI and its collaborative networks.

Through our research areas, we will build on our current long-term partnerships and collaborative agreements with state agencies, Directorate of Water Reseources and Improvement of River Systems and the Sagaing Regional Government and non-state agencies (e.g. Myanmar Environment Institute, Asia Development Research Institute) as well as expand partnerships with line agencies.