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Myanmar and Norway have sought cooperation in environmental conservation sector as part of their bilateral cooperation, initiating a letter of intent on the move in its latest development.

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.

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A woman receives a water ration for her family during a severe drought in Thone Gwa township in the Yangon region of Burma/Myanmar on July 9, 2012. Image: Kaung Htet/ICIMOD/UN

Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt.

Read more: Myanmar dry zone shows clear climate change impacts

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YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Myanmar has lost 40 days from its annual monsoon in the past 35 years, leading to severe shortages of water both for consumption and agriculture – but the government has yet to formulate a policy on how to tackle climate change, activists charged Monday.

“We are down from 145 rainy days to 105 days a year. That decrease in rainy days and rainfall has huge implications for the agricultural sector, which involves 70 percent of people this country,” Myint Zaw, an award-winning environmental activist, said on the opening day of an international media conference organised by the Hawaii-based East West Center.

Both the media and policy makers have paid little attention to the larger context of climate change in the changing water and weather situation in Myanmar, he added. That is despite the huge implications for Myanmar’s democratic transition and sustainable development, particularly as climate impacts often disproportionately affect the rural poor.

Read more: Water shortages growing in Myanmar - activist

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