School children join the first tsunami drill at BEHS 1 Kungyangon in Yangon in January. Zarni Phyo/The Myanmar Times

Vice President U Henry Van Thio is a possessed man, running here and there, to check on the preparations of local governments in response to the perennial threats of the monsoon, which is just around the corner.

Read more: Disaster-prone Myanmar presses alert button as monsoon looms


The BioCarbon Engineering team and their double propeller quadro-copter drone they hope will mean a brighter future for Myanmar's depleted mangroves [Ivan Ogilvie/ Al Jazeera]

Since 1978, one million hectares of mangroves have been cut down in Myanmar. In the Ayerwaddy Delta in the south, mangrove forests have been significantly depleted - often cut down to make way for shrimp and rice farming, as well as charcoal production and collecting palm oil.

Read more: Cyclone shield: Breathing new life into Myanmar's mangroves


by Wilson John Barbon (IIRR) and Eisen Bernardo (CCAFS Southeast Asia)

The establishment of Climate-Smart and Nutrition-Smart Villages in Myanmar is a major step in addressing food security and nutrition challenges.

In Myanmar, the adverse impacts of climate change are observed especially in the agriculture sector, due to increasing incidence of drought, more intense rains resulting in flooding, stronger cyclones, and salinization of farms. As an agricultural country with many smallholder farmers, the country’s food security, nutrition, and livelihoods are greatly affected by the threats of climate change.

Read more: Climate-Smart Villages launch in Myanmar


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