Myanmar: MCRB releases report to guide business, CSOs, and govt on biodiversity and human rights obligations

Author: Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, Published on: 5 November 2018

"MCRB Publishes Briefing Paper on Biodiversity, Human Rights and Business," 05 November 2018

The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) has published a briefing paper intended to help business, civil society and government, particularly regulators, understand how some types of investment in Myanmar can negatively impact biodiversity and thereby affect human rights, in particular the right to livelihood.

...It presents the business case for addressing biodiversity and ecosystem services, addresses compliance with biodiversity aspects of Myanmar’s environmental laws and regulations, including the recently updated 2018 Biodiversity and Conservation of Protected Areas Law and the 2015 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Procedure, and offers advice on how EIA can be used by companies to improve outcomes for biodiversity and related human rights.

The Paper provides practical recommendations to companies to address biodiversity conservation in order to be – at a minimum - compliant with Myanmar environmental regulation but also offers advice for companies that are willing to take extra steps. It signposts resources to help business, including sources of biodiversity data, a major weakness of EIAs in Myanmar. 

The Briefing Paper contains an Executive SummaryRecommendations to Business and five sections:

  • Section 1 explains the ‘nexus’ between business, biodiversity and human rights, and the business case for addressing biodiversity and ecosystem services

  • Section 2 provides an overview of biodiversity in Myanmar, with emphasis on the biodiversity resources that are likely to be affected by private sector activities and the major threats to them

  • Section 3 provides an overview of the policy and legal framework and institutional arrangements related to biodiversity and addresses compliance with biodiversity aspects of Myanmar’s environmental laws and regulations, including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

  • Section 4 looks at how Myanmar’s EIA process can be used by companies to improve outcomes for biodiversity and related human rights

  • Section 5 provides an overview of international standards, practice and tools and application of international good practice on biodiversity protection by business, including in EIAs

The Briefing Paper is available for download in English and Myanmar (coming soon).

 

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