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Published on 22 July 2019
Cardinal Charles Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon, joined Catholic social workers and young people on July 6 to plant trees in a government-reserved forest area on the outskirts of Myanmar’s commercial city. More than 200 Catholic Church workers and young people joined in a tree-planting event last week in Myanmar, in a show of responsibility for protecting the environment in the spirit of the Pope…
Published on 22 July 2019
In central Myanmar, many villages and their inhabitants are in danger. Climate change is causing both excessive rainfall and prolonged drought, and the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar’s lifeline, is increasingly bursting its banks. With disastrous consequences. The villagers are seated in a large circle around large sheets full of scribbles and post-it notes. Women in colorful robes raise their hands and call out their concerns, while…
Published on 25 June 2019 Myanmar
Every year, June 5 marks World Environment Day. As protecting the environment is a global concern, this international day provides an occasion to question what is being done locally to fight climate change and protect our planet. And as the degradation of the environment will be tougher on future generations, it is no surprise to see the youth raising awareness about the issue both internationally and…
Published on 29 May 2019
A new initiative will introduce sustainable rice-growing practices to farmers across Myanmar, with the goal of reducing vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, project partners announced today. The Climate Smart Rice Project will introduce sustainable standards and best practices to 4,000 smallholder farmers around Mandalay, southern Shan, Mon and Bago over the coming three years, working closely with the Government of Myanmar and the…
Published on 16 April 2019
Weather will be hotter than usual in this year and Myanmar may face water shortage due to El Niño and late monsoon arrival, said meteorologist Chit Kyaw. “El Niño could bring some weather changes in this year and all meteorologists forecasted that the arrival of monsoon will be late. There will be litter rain in early monsoon season. It will kill paddy planted for early…
Published on 20 February 2019
An El Niño in the Pacific Ocean means it will be hotter than normal this summer, though meteorological and hydrological analysts say the El Niño may be weak. “It will be hotter than 2008’s summer but not as extreme as the one in 2016,” he said. Myanmar has experienced extreme heat in summer for nearly a decade. The National Oceanic…
Published on 6 February 2019
From endangered to endangering Mangrove trees can store five times the amount of C02 as terrestrial trees and provide a range of other vital functions to protect life below water and on land. “Mangroves are often underappreciated, but they are in fact super-ecosystems that are critical for food security, coastal protection, water quality, and climate regulation,” said Gabriel Grimsditch, a coastal ecosystem expert at…
Published on 15 January 2019
Dr Aaron Russell, Ingvild Solvang, Luis Miguel Aparicio and Programme Officer Thiha Aung met with remote communities and Forest Department on the Delta to discuss community forest restoration activities. The establishment of community forestry projects is seen as a useful means to stabilize and reforest mangrove forests. Local communities strongly recognize the importance of mangroves to provide households with firewood, house and boat building…
Published on 15 January 2019
Potential outcomes of fuel efficient cookstoves for climate change. In a series of workshops and site visits around the Delta, GGGI facilitated discussions as to why distribution and usage of fuel-efficient cookstoves remain low. Cookstove manufacturers discussed barriers to their production, including costs and difficulties with attaining and transporting raw materials, a lack of access to start-up finances, labor-intensive manufacturing process, and a lack…
Published on 15 January 2019
“We gave three years of hard work in planting these trees. Now they are growing tall. Soon, they will be the biggest assets of our people,” he says, pointing at the forest and the tiny dot of houses that appear on the horizon. The restored mangrove forest in Shwe Thaung Yan sub township in Ayyerwady region of Myanmar. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS Mangroves in Myanmar…
Published on 3 July 2018
More than 1,000 local residents were affected and dozens of homes were inundated with mud as floodwaters in the area washed the waste soil into residential areas on Monday. According to local residents, the nearby Uru River commonly floods in the monsoon season. However, the muddy floodwaters that have inundated the area since 2006 have been even more damaging than regular floods, they say. “Jade…
Published on 6 June 2018
Conyat Create Equipping businesses with the tools and knowledge to become more sustainable, Conyat Create’s 10-strong team of mostly women work from an office full of reclaimed materials in Hlaing township. Conyat Create. (Facebook) Citing Myanmar’s vulnerability to climate change as one of her main motivators, Howe realized that “not only businesses but the wider community didn’t understand sustainability.” “Our consumption of plastic is over…
Published on 23 May 2018
Merchandise exports grew by an estimated 15%, following a 0.3% fall in FY 2016/17, with the report crediting the 2.8m tonnes of exported rice – the highest level in half a century – as a key factor behind the increase. While agricultural growth was below overall GDP expansion of 6.8%, the ADB said it expects the sector to grow robustly in the present financial year…
Published on 21 May 2018
The vice president, who is also chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, assured that he will do all he can to utilize the power of the government to mitigate the impact of the monsoon on townfolks, especially in the central plains. On Wednesday, U Henry Van Thio observed the construction of a riverbank protection wall along the Myitthar River between Kalay and…
Published on 2 May 2018
Worldwide, 35 percent of the world's mangroves are now lost. Only 16 percent of the original cover is left in the vulnerable Delta Region where the mangroves are being destroyed at rates three to five times higher than global deforestation. "At the moment, mangrove conditions are severely degraded," says Win Meung, a seasoned ecologist who heads a mangrove regeneration project in Myanmar. "In the…
Published on 26 April 2018
The scaling out of climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices (CSA T&Ps) using community-based adaptation (CBA) strategies is a potential solution to food security and nutrition challenges in Myanmar. To realize this goal, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Southeast Asia (CCAFS SEA), has worked for the establishment of Climate-Smart…
Published on 7 March 2018
The promising gains in connectivity mean there is vast potential for innovative solutions aimed at including the 80 percent of people who are outside the formal financial system. But digital financial services via mobile technology – also known as financial technology, or in tech – can do more than make financial transactions safer, quicker and more efficient. They can also serve as the rails upon…
Published on 23 February 2018
As she watches her workers haul in this year's harvest, the 35-year-old is in a triumphant mood, ascribing her victory over the seasonal scourge to advice received via the app about effective pesticide use. "We used to just farm the way our parents showed us," she told AFP, in her village of Aye Ywar west of Yangon. "But after getting the app, I now see…
Published on 5 December 2017
At a workshop on practical lessons obtained from establishing policies for natural disaster response held on Monday, he said that for that to happen, cooperation will be sought with the Rural Development Department and the Department of Relief and Resettlement. “I envisioned the nation to be one that can withstand the impact of climate change,” said U Hla Maung Thein. Moreover, he is…
Published on 12 November 2017
One of the seven giant paper mache elephants that make up the sculpture piece ‘We Love Our Momos’ was made with old newspaper clippings of environmental stories which includes coverage of the brutal killings of elephants for their skin to waste disposal problems in Yangon. ‘We Love Our Momos’, on display from November 4 to 6 at Mahabandoola Park in downtown Yangon, is part of…
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