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Long isolated by economic and political sanctions, Myanmar returns to the international community amid high expectations and challenges associated with protecting the country's great natural wealth from the impacts of economic growth and climate change. In a new study, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society have examined the implications of economic development and climatic changes on conserving Myanmar's biodiversity and provide recommendations for conservation planning within a context of a changing climate by strengthening the protected area system and engaging in ecosystem-based adaptation strategies.

The paper appears in the latest edition of AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment. The authors include: Madhu Rao, Saw Htun, Steven G. Platt, Rob J. Tizard, Colin M. Poole, Than Myint, and James E.M. Watson of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Read more: Myanmar at the crossroads: Conservationists see opportunities and challenges in biodiversity hotspot

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Construction is set to begin on Myanmar’s first training school for natural disaster management, a government official told a disaster training and capacity building workshop last week.

Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin said the school “can reduce the damage caused by disasters by [teaching] a curriculum of preventative measures”.

Read more: Disaster preparedness school to be ready in 2016

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Farmers point to Cyclone Nargis, which hit the delta in May 2008, as the point at which their calendar went awry.

Since then, erratic weather patterns have made planting and harvesting rice perilous, especially for farmers who depend on rainfall. Too little early in the monsoon season – May to October – or too much at harvest time can destroy a crop.

Read more: Climate change driving farmers deeper into debt

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