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Published on 20 March 2017
May Moe Wah, operations manager of WWF Myanmar, told a news conference yesterday that celebrities, diplomats, environmental organisations and volunteers would gather at the historic Shwedagon Pagoda to light 10,000 lamps from 8.30 to 9.30pm. “We have received approval from Yangon Region Govern-ment, concerned ministries, the Shwedagon Pagoda’s board of trustees, and concerned administrative offices to celebrate the campaign in public,” she said…
Published on 9 February 2017
This workshop is intended to promote the idea of film makers at the Festival. 15 students from Yangon Film School and 10 independent filmmakers attend a workshop for about environmental issues. Assistant , Cultural Department Goethe Institute , Teresa Knoferl : "So our hope from film festival and also in today workshop that we do get like high quality documentary about climate change in Myanmar…
Published on 8 February 2017
Since Myanmar’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) law was passed, international NGOs have started to train concerned citizens in participating in environmental discourse. Pollution and social impacts of development, such as resettlement and the rights of indigenous peoples, remain the main complaints of affected groups. Myanmar sent a delegation of 15 members to Marrakech in December for the COP22, the second meeting of its kind. Myanmar…
Published on 8 February 2017
The study projected changes in climate for the township, with a resolution of 25km. Projections include the increase in temperatures by as much as 2.3°C in 2050, with up to 17 more hot days per year. Rainfall is also projected to change, with possibly more rain (up to 23%) but in a shorter rainy season. Strong winds and cyclones are also expected to increase…
Published on 14 November 2016
Vice President Henry Van Thio, chair of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, reported the expenditure at the November 1 meeting of the committee, but without providing details of how much money was to be spent on what kind of relief and rehabilitation, by which departments. Daw Le’ Le’ Aye, director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement, told The Myanmar Times yesterday…
Published on 14 November 2016
It was a historic day for climate diplomacy. On November 4, the Paris Agreement on climate change came into force, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises. But 2016 will also be remembered for another world-changing event: On September 28, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii announced that global carbon dioxide levels had passed the 400 parts…
Published on 16 August 2016
They have to act fast to harvest the grains before the sea level rises and floods the land. Depending on the demand, each worker can earn, on average, 50,000 Kyat ($41.80) per acre. Farmers are excited about this year’s yield. In the village teashop, people are talking about the doubling of sticky rice price. It is not common for people in Myanmar to eat sticky…
Published on 1 March 2016
Their country, despite low emission, is exposed to various climate hazards such as cyclones, heavy rain, flooding, extreme temperatures, drought and sea level rise. In a seminar entitled "Post COP21: Prospects and Challenges for Myanmar", Harjeet Singh, ActionAid's international policymaker for climate change, has issued the need for action. He said civil society and NGOs needed to help the government assess climate impacts…
Published on 22 February 2016
In 2014, energy use caused damage worldwide amounting to US$5.3 trillion, according to analysts’ estimates at the International Monetary Fund. Of that, $5.124 trillion was due to fossil fuels with two-thirds attributed to coal. Climate change accounted for a quarter of the costs, with the rest due to sickness, premature death and degradation of the environment. Analysts believe the damage adds up to 8-16…
Published on 21 December 2015
Consultants from Norway, Germany, the British Embassy and national energy development committee members joined a seminar on 16 December to discuss the potential and challenges in wind energy for Myanmar. "A leapfrog opportunity for the country is underway," said David Fullbrook, an energy-renewable advisory member of DNV GL, who also concluded that changes at a systematic level are also required to match the…
Published on 24 November 2015
The summit was held on November 19 at Yangon City Development Committee City Hall and was organized by Green Lotus Foundation, ALARM/ECODEV and the Yangon City Development Committee. Participants at the day-long conference discussed everything from how Yangon will feel the effects of climate change to sustainable house, to how to make eco-friendly housing financially viable. Mr. Jean-Marc Brule, Green Lotus co-founder and Paris…
Published on 28 September 2015
Peter Brimble, an Asian Development Bank specialist in Myanmar, said deforestation was a factor. “You look at the floods, and clearly the deforestation, at least in the mountains or the hills or in the deforested areas, led to some exacerbated impact of the floods," he said. "It seems pretty obvious.” The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said Myanmar faces a crisis because an average…
Published on 31 July 2015
“The fields were flooded, and so were the houses around. My summer paddy was drowned. I was going to sell the crop to pay off my debts. Now I’ll have to get another loan for the rainy-season paddy,” he said. Sagaing Region was particularly badly hit from mid-July onward, with Wuntho Dam overflowing. As other rivers, streams, dams and dykes also burst their banks…
Published on 16 June 2015
"Myanmar is very sensitive to climate change. It has suffered the most from climate change in the Asia Pacific region. If Myanmar does not deal with the situation immediately, it will suffer more in the future," he said. "Myanmar has been facing danger in the form of cyclones, flooding, heavy rainfall, hot weather and intense heat for six decades due to its geographical location…
Published on 11 May 2015
Shorter monsoons and rising temperatures mean severe droughts have become more frequent in recent decades. This has led to higher levels of saltwater intrusion in important rice growing territories and an increase in the risk of complete crop failure. Proximity Designs is a social enterprise which was founded to provide farmers with low-cost, low-tech equipment to help them adapt and thrive in their changing…
Published on 5 November 2014
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in Nay Pyi Taw on October 30, Kathmandu-based ICIMOD said in a news release issued the next day. “The policy and strategy will help to celebrate and promote the natural and cultural assets of Myanmar’s unique protected areas, from Lampi Marine National Park in the south…
Published on 5 November 2014
The Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS)-2014, which began on Monday, is being participated by experts from 26 countries. 280 research papers of six chapters are being presented to the conference for discussions. The research papers deal with environment, natural resources, forestry, geology, agriculture, livestock breeding, minerals, gems, oil and gas, climate change and natural disaster, the sources said. Besides these, papers related to transport…
Published on 23 July 2014
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the program was signed by the Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, UN-Habitat and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Friday, said the New Light of Myanmar. At the signing ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw, U Win Tun, the minister for environmental conservation and forestry, stressed that the issue of climate change is the biggest challenge and…
Published on 21 May 2014
Myanmar has been vulnerable to increasing extreme weather events like many of its neighbours. But as the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group of Myanmar noted in an extensive analysis last year of the nation’s disaster preparedness levels, the dangers have been amplified because the country has been slow to take remedial measures against changing climate patterns. The East Asian country’s ranking 167 out of 176…
Published on 8 May 2014
Besides, cooperation for putting Inlay Lake into world heritage list, implementation of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), promoting cooperation with NGOs in environmental conservation tasks, development and poverty alleviation schemes were also covered by the two countries’ intention. Conservation of water resources, development of ecotourism industry and enhancement of technology expertise and human resources between Myanmar and Norway were also brought to the…
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