Myanmar is one of the countries most affected by extreme weather events. Recent events such as Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the extreme heatwaves of 2010, and flooding in 2015 have had disastrous impacts on Myanmar’s people, environment, and economy. Climate change threaten to compound the frequency and intensity of these events. But there are also invisible, yet dramatic, effects of these changes. Sea-level is rising, salinization of land and water sources occurring in coastal areas. Increasing temperatures reduce agricultural productivity.
From the delta to the dry zone and the hilly areas, in cities and in villages, everyone’s life is affected, especially the most vulnerable. There are ways to adapt. Through research, smart planning and increased awareness, Myanmar’s people and its nature can adjust to the warmer days to come.