As part of their bilateral cooperation, Myanmar and Norway have pursued cooperation in environmental conservation sector, initiating a Letter of Intent.
The Letter of Intent between Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry of Myanmar and Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway, covers undertakings on preservation of biodiversity and forests in Myanmar, water resources preservation and water resources administration in Sittoung and Bago river basins, development of world-famous tourist site of Inlay Lake in Shan state and betterment of social economy of ethnic minorities residing around the lake.
Besides, cooperation for putting Inlay Lake into world heritage list, implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), promoting cooperation with NGOs in environmental conservation tasks, development and poverty alleviation schemes were also covered by the two countries’ intention.
In June 2013, Red Cross Societies of Myanmar and Norway signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in carrying out some communal projects in Myanmar such as logistics development project, water and sanitation emergency preparedness and response and health development project.
In support of Myanmar’s democratic reform, Norway took a leading role among the European Union countries in clearing Myanmar’s debt and lifting sanctions on the country in 2012.