Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP)

Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP)

Status: Active
Duration: July 2018 – December 2022
Budget: USD 15,000,000 (estimated)
Coverage: National (focusing on Sagaing Region, Bago Region, Rakhine State, Shan State)
Beneficiaries: People in Myanmar
Donors: Luxembourg, Japan, European Union, Austria, Norway (Inle Lake project)
Focus: Environmental governance, climate change and disaster risk reduction
Project Brief: Project Brief [English Version], [Myanmar Version]
Partners: UN Environment through the joint UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals

About the Project

The Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project (GRSP) will assist Myanmar to implement recent policy reforms related to environmental governance, climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), to ensure that economic growth in Myanmar is more inclusive, resilient and sustainable. Environmental degradation, when combined with natural disasters and effects of climate change, undermines the attainment of inclusive and sustainable growth. UNDP recognizes that Myanmar’s environmental assets present unique opportunities for green economic development, which can directly support women’s economic empowerment and community resilience.

Project Brief




With this project, UNDP supports the Government of Myanmar to mainstream environment, climate change and DRR considerations into development and project planning for key sectors and in key States and Regions. It supports counterparts to implement new policies, including through strengthened financing and comprehensive organizational and human resources development planning. The project aims to promote and mobilize green investments in environmental goods and services to protect natural resources, improve waste management and to create sustainable wealth and employment.

GRSP is also UNDP Myanmar’s innovative umbrella project for building technical linkages between environment, climate and DRR related activities. The new phase of the Inle Lake conservation project is implemented through GRSP.  

Expected Results

  • Sectoral and subnational agencies adopt high sustainability and resilience standards inspired by recent progressive policies in environment, climate change and DRR.
  • Strengthened DRR capacities support the implementation of the Myanmar Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Increased public participation in environmental management, monitoring and compliance mechanisms.
  • Integrated environmental financing sustains long term environment and climate change programmes in accordance with budgetary and planning processes.
  • Increased investment in targeted environmental goods and services, through enabling policies and access to advisory services.
  • Promotion of small and large-scale green investments.
  • Improved organizational performance of lead agencies responsible for environmental management, climate change and DRR.
  • Locally-led, gender sensitive, strategic action programmes for sustainability and resilience respond to specific needs and provide models for mainstreaming environment, climate and DRR across Myanmar.

Our Impact

Helping Communities to Save Lives and Reduce the Impact from Natural Disasters
Mon State’s Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRRWG) working with UNDP developed the three-day training programme that included response and recovery procedures. The training sessions were held in four of the most flood prone townships: Bilin, Paung, Kyaikmaraw and Ye – that include 122 villages and 39 wards.

Ravaged by floods in 2018 and 2019, communities in the Mon State show what lessons could be learned in getting people back on their feet


National Environmental Policy of Myanmar - 2019
The new National Environmental Policy provides long-term, strategic guidance for achieving a sustainable future for Myanmar. It requires the mainstreaming of environmental protection into planning and decision-making at all levels of government and in all sectors. Its detailed principles respect livelihood needs and development objectives while at the same time recognizing the full value of Myanmar’s ecosystems and the implications of climate change. This Policy ensures that environmental protection continues to be a central objective in Myanmar’s sustainable development pathway.


Plastic Pollution is a Problem for Us All
Plastic pollution is everywhere you look and growing far too quickly. The international crisis has most certainly reached Myanmar. 
By Martin Cosier, Project Manager and Chief Technical Advisor for UNDP Myanmar’s Governance for Resilience and Sustainability Project


UNDP launches early recovery support to flood-affected communities in Kyaikmaraw Township, Mon State
UNDP Myanmar launched its early recovery support to flood-affected communities in Kyaikmaraw Township in Mon State.  Kyaikmaraw is one of the severely affected Townships by the monsoon floods in July and August this year. The mini launch event was held in the Township General Administration Department (GAD)’s conference hall and was attended by the Mon State Authorities, Township Officials and UNDP.