ENVIRON, an international environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy, has established its operations in Myanmar, making it the first global environmental consultancy on the ground in the country, the firm announced.
“This is a time of great change in Myanmar, and there is tremendous need for the services ENVIRON provides in supporting sustainable economic development,” said Stephen Washburn, ENVIRON Chief Executive Officer.
“Our new office in Myanmar allows us to work more closely with clients and other stakeholders to make sure these needs are met.”
The firm said it sees growing demand in Myanmar for environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) of proposed development projects, as well as related services such as site evaluation and selection, permitting, water resources, air quality management, human health and ecological assessment, and environmental management systems.
Juliana Ding, managing director of the firm’s Asian operations, said: “Myanmar has an emerging regulatory framework aimed at ensuring environmental protection and sustainable development, and being on the ground is critical to supporting clients as they establish operations in Myanmar.”
Principal Consultant and Director Dr Virginia Alzina, based in Yangon, will manage the Myanmar operations, whose. Dr Alzina’s expertise includes International ESIA practices and standards such as the Equator Principles, the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and other international financial institution requirements.
“These are exciting times to be on the ground in Myanmar,” Alzina said.
ENVIRON has over 1,000 consultants operating from more than 90 offices in 22 countries.