A high-level delegation of officials from Myanmar visited Brazil in early July 2017 to learn about how Brazil successfully reduced deforestation in the Amazon, the largest contiguous tropical forest area in the world.

By Khin Hnin Myint, Programme Coordinator, UN-REDD/Myanmar

To support the process of developing a national REDD+ strategy for Myanmar, a high-level delegation of officials from five ministries visited Brazil in early July 2017 to learn about how Brazil successfully reduced deforestation in the Amazon, the largest contiguous tropical forest area in the world.

H.E Ohn Winn, Union Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), and head of the delegation, said, “Since REDD+ involves many sectors, we gained a lot through many discussions with relevant entities during this trip. For example, we learnt how the agriculture sector managed to boost productivity while also helping to reduce deforestation rates, and how the private sector could help farmers to adapt to climate change-related issues.”

Myanmar Visit Brazil

Besides Union Minister H.E Ohn Winn and other officials from MONREC, the Ministries of Home Affairs, Planning and Finance, the State Counselor’s Office, and Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation were represented in the delegation.

The nine-day visit focused on how public and private institutions have coordinated their actions to fulfill cross-sectoral goals and the roles and responsibilities of different actors at different levels, to attain the ultimate goal of reducing deforestation.  Meetings were held with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency, Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Environment; Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication; and Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply; the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, the National institute of Spatial Research, the Brazilian Development Bank, the National Confederation of Agriculture, and offices of the government of the State of Para.

H.E U Ohn Winn, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) led a delegation to Brazil to learn from the country's experience of reducing deforestation. Photocredit: UNDP Myanmar.

Key Brazilian experiences of interest to the Myanmar delegation: 

Considering the differences in historical development, natural conditions, land management and administrative structures, the most relevant lessons from the visit were:

The visit was supported by UNDP Myanmar, UNDP Brazil, the Brazilian Agency of International Cooperation (ABC), and funded through the UN-REDD National Programme, Myanmar. To read more about the study visit, see here.