A country in transition, Myanmar ‘committed’ to sustainable path: minister

Myanmar's Union Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, U Win Tun, delivers his speech during the Forests Asia Summit 2014 in the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Myanmar's Union Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, U Win Tun, delivers his speech during the Forests Asia Summit 2014 in the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Myanmar is “fully committed” to green growth as it navigates a transition to a more open country, its top environmental official said this week.

Speaking at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, U Win Tun, the country’s Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, said his government “was fully committed to climate change mitigation and sustainable forest management” as it seeks to transform itself politically, economically and socially after years of isolation.

All eyes are on Myanmar to see whether it can maintain growth in its newly liberalized economy without that growth coming at the expense of its forested landscapes — a path that many of its more-developed neighbors have taken in recent decades.

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