20151105 An exchange of environmental management skills and insights 370x298Coffey is hosting environmental and social specialist Yinn Mar Hiaing from Myanmar this month as part of a skills development program led by the Australian-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.

Yinn Mar arrived in Brisbane recently and will be spending six weeks in Australia, working closely with Coffey’s environmental management staff.

Coffey Group Executive Energy and Resources Rob Morris said the visit is already providing important insights into what can be learned from environmental management practices in Australia and Myanmar.

“We’ve had great discussions with Yinn Mar about how our people are working with our clients to manage environmental risk on large and complex projects,” Rob said.

“She is providing an invaluable insight into Myanmar’s rich biodiversity, and how the country is working with industry to ensure sustainable environmental management.”

Coffey Senior Environmental and Social Associate Guy Williams explained that Yinn Mar’s expertise will be vital in ensuring an environmental focus in Myanmar’s future development.

“It’s important to have a deep understanding of the local context to best manage environmental risk from the outset of a project,” Guy said.

“We welcome Yinn Mar to Australia and Coffey, and look forward to her participation in our environmental team over the coming weeks.”

The visit forms part of the Chamber’s Networks Through Skills Development Project, which aims to deepen business and institutional linkages between Australia and Myanmar.

The project is co-funded by the Australian-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Austrade as part of the Asian Business Engagement Plan Grant.

For more information about our operations in Myanmar contact Guy Williams.