The meeting focused on the different social enterprise-based models that have allowed Myanmar indigenous entrepreneurs and communities to implement over 5000 pico, micro, and mini hydro projects. The discussions also focused on how to better support the community re-forestation efforts that have sustained the watersheds that power the many micro hydro systems.
HPNET has supported HyCEM since it was formed in 2015, under the mentorship of the Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM), which also continues to support the association.
Special thanks to Hivos Southeast Asia and the REAM for making the milestone meeting possible. Hivos is pioneering fact-based advocacy of Myanmar's indigenous micro hydro development, using a bottom-up, theory of change process -- starting by first listening and understanding the local most, multi-actor perspectives. The Hivos approach is unique among the myriad of top-down international organizations in Myanmar.