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Spectrum’s active role as a resource person in “Environmental Protection Seminar”

 Seminar on Environmental Protection was conducted by Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC) with the collaboration of Spectrum at Judson Centre, Yangon from July 14 to July 15, 2017.

After opening session, Spectrum program officer, Salai Thawng Hlaing Lung presented “Introduction to EITI”. He discussed on the topic of EITI basic principles, Natural Resource and Human interaction, current condition and future prediction of Myanmar owned Natural Resource as well as Budget Transparency and Efficient Financial Management. He also pointed out that Myanmar should focus on taxation instead of natural resource revenue for sustainable development and better living environment for people.

In panel discussion, world leading-religions’ perspectives on environmental protection were presented to audience. Daw Phoo Pwint from KMF discussed Buddhist Perspective and Daw Than Than Aye (JRC-MIT) from Christian Perspective, U Aye Naing from Hindu Perspective, and Daw Yamin (Olive Resource Centre) from Islamic Perspective respectively. As a special lecture, Rev. Dr. Aye Min had a serious talk about role of religion in conservation and protection of environment.

On second day, the environmental protection from development perspective was discussed by Rev. Mahn Myo Khaing, U Bo Bo Lwin(KMF) from peace building perspective and Daw Eunis (GSC-MIT) from Gender Equality Perspective. In addition, two special lectures on “ Environmental Protections and rights of Indigenous People” and “Resource Governance “ were given by U Myo Ko (Point) and U Salai Zaw Win.

In two-day seminar, nearly 90 participants from various background of CSO, NGO, CBO and community actively participated and discussed about “Towards collective action on Environmental Protection”

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