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Title: Myanmar - Climate Change
Description/subject: Thematic profiles and systems: AQUASTAT country profile - The AQUASTAT country profiles describe the state of water resources and agricultural water use in the respective country. Special attention is given to the water resource, irrigation, and drainage sub-sectors... FAO-GeoNetwork - FAO-GeoNetwork is a web based Geographic Data and Information Management System. It enables easy access to local and distributed geospatial information catalogues and makes available, data, graphics and documents for immediate download. FAO-GeoNetwork holds approximately 5000 standardized metadata records for digital and paper maps, most of them at the global, continent and national level... Reports and statistical data: AQUASTAT country fact sheet - AQUASTAT Long-term average annual renewable water resources by country - Forest area statistics - From Forestry Country Profiles Forest health statistics - From Forestry Country Profiles Growing stock statistics - From Forestry Country Profiles
Language: English
Source/publisher: Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 August 2012


Title: Myanmar Climate Change Watch
Description/subject: An apocalyptic series of earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and floods in the region has spooked everyone. Many people have turned to soothsayers and astrologers for advice about any impending natural disasters. But rather than consult the Mayan calender or a fortune-teller, The Irrawaddy reporter Min Naing Thu interviewed Dr Tun Lwin, the former director-general of Burma's Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH). Since his resignation from the DMH in 2009, Tun Lwin has served as a technical adviser to the Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. He also served as a consultant to the Myanmar Red Cross Society, CARE Myanmar, Action Aid Myanmar and Myanmar Egress's Network Activities Group. He has also been involved with the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Myanmar Egress, World Vision Myanmar, Global Green and other organizations, focusing primarily on climate change and how to minimize damage caused by natural disasters. Tun Lwin posts many of his articles concerning meteorological issues on his website, Myanmar Climate Change Watch.
Language: Burmese, English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Climate Change Watch
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.tunlwin.com/index.php?english
Date of entry/update: 26 March 2011


Individual Documents

Title: Emissions Reduction Profile: Myanmar
Date of publication: June 2013
Description/subject: Economy, Growth and Emissions: "Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, is the second largest country by geographical area in Southeast Asia. Burma's diverse population has played a major role in defining its politics, history, and demographics in modern times. The military has dominated government since General Ne Win led a coup in 1962 that toppled the civilian government of U Nu. Burma remains under the tight control of the military-led State Peace and Development Council. Burma is a resource-rich country. During World War II, the British destroyed the major oil wells, and mines for tungsten, tin, lead and silver to keep them from the Japanese. Under British administration, Burma was the second wealthiest country in Southeast Asia. It was the world's largest exporter of rice, and also had a wealth of natural and labour resources. It produced 75% of the world's teak, and had a highly literate population. However, since the reformations of 1962, the Burmese economy has become one of the least developed in the world--suffering from decades of stagnation, mismanagement and isolation. Now, the lack of an educated workforce contributes to the growing problems of the economy. Burma lacks adequate infrastructure. Energy shortages are common throughout the country, including in Yangon. Railways are old and rudimentary, with few repairs since their construction in the late 19th century. Highways are typically unpaved, except in the major cities. Burma’s GDP stands at $42.953 billion and now grows at an average rate of 2.9% annually.TheEU, United States and Canada, among others, have imposed economic sanctions on Burma. Burma is among the least emitting countries in the world, with 0.3 tCO2e per capita per year, and total annual GHG emissions of 12 million tCO2--excluding any methane emissions from agriculture, which has not been estimated (World Bank). In the WRI assessment, however, Myanmar has been attributed annual GHG emissions of 265 million tCO2e/year2, including all greenhouse gasses. This indicated significant emissions from agriculture. The growth in economy and emissions can be seen in the graphs below."
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNEP RISØ
Format/size: pdf (1M)
Date of entry/update: 12 June 2014


Title: Burma’s Global Warming Activists Turn Up the Heat on Govt
Date of publication: 06 May 2013
Description/subject: "RANGOON—As a water shortage hits several townships in Burma’s commercial capital and farmers nationwide anxiously await the upcoming rainy season, environmentalists are calling for more government support in the fight against climate change in this country of 60 million people. While Burma’s nominally civilian government has earned international praise for its program of political and economic reforms after decades of military rule, environmentalists say climate change is a pressing issue that has been pushed to the back burner for too long by the nation’s leaders. “The new government is trying to solve poverty and civil war, but unfortunately climate change has never been well acknowledged by our decision-makers,” meteorologist Dr. Tun Lwin said on Saturday in Rangoon at roundtable discussion about global warming in Burma, as temperatures in the country’s biggest city soared to 38 degrees Celsius..."
Author/creator: Kyaw Phyo Tha
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 06 May 2013


Title: Global Climate Risk Index 2013
Date of publication: November 2012
Description/subject: Summary: "The Global Climate Risk Index 2013 analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent available data from 2011 as well as for the period 1992-2011 were taken into ac- count. Most affected countries in 2011 were Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, El Salvador and the Philippines. For the period 1992 to 2011, Honduras, Myanmar and Nicaragua rank highest. This year's 8th edition of the an alysis reconfirms that less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialis ed countries, according to the Climate Risk Index. With re- gard to future climate change, the Climate Ri sk Index can serve as a warning signal indicat- ing past vulnerability which may further increase in regions where extreme events will be- come more frequent or more severe through climate change. While some vulnerable devel- oping countries are frequently hit by extreme ev ents, there are also some where such disas- ters are a rarity..."
Author/creator: Sven Harmeling and David Eckstein
Language: English
Source/publisher: Germanwatch
Format/size: pdf (570K)
Date of entry/update: 07 May 2013


Title: The Man Who Foresees Storms
Date of publication: 28 March 2011
Description/subject: "An apocalyptic series of earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and floods in the region has spooked everyone. Many people have turned to soothsayers and astrologers for advice about any impending natural disasters. But rather than consult the Mayan calender or a fortune-teller, The Irrawaddy reporter Min Naing Thu interviewed Dr Tun Lwin, the former director-general of Burma's Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH). Since his resignation from the DMH in 2009, Tun Lwin has served as a technical adviser to the Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. He also served as a consultant to the Myanmar Red Cross Society, CARE Myanmar, Action Aid Myanmar and Myanmar Egress's Network Activities Group. He has also been involved with the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Myanmar Egress, World Vision Myanmar, Global Green and other organizations, focusing primarily on climate change and how to minimize damage caused by natural disasters. Tun Lwin posts many of his articles concerning meteorological issues on his website, Myanmar Climate Change Watch..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 March 2011


Title: COUNTRY REPORT ON SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MYANMAR
Date of publication: 2011
Description/subject: INTRODUCTION: Myanmar Overview; Resources...SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK: National Plans; National Organisations...POLICY INSTRUMENTS IN MYANMAR: Overview of Policy Instruments; Policies and Initiatives; Building Rating System...BEST PRACTICE...APPENDIX 1: WEBSITE LINKS OF THE KEY NATIONAL PLANS AND ORGANISATIONS IN MYANMAR.., APPENDIX 2: WEBSITE LINKS OF THE KEY SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES AND INITIATIVES UNDER THE FOUR CATEGORIES IN MYANMAR
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Format/size: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs18/Energy%20efficiency%202011%20study%20UNEP.pdf
Date of entry/update: 09 June 2014


Title: Burma taking severe hit from climate change: watchdog
Date of publication: 09 December 2009
Description/subject: Burma is one of the countries worst affected by extreme weather resulting from climate change, according to a new report that assesses the impact of global warming over a period of nearly two decades. Published by the Berlin-based climate watchdog Germanwatch on Tuesday, the report, the Global Climate Risk Index, says that Bangladesh, Burma and Honduras were the countries most affected by extreme weather events from 1990 to 2008. The report was launched in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference is underway.
Author/creator: Wai Moe
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Irrawaddy
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www2.irrawaddy.org/print_article.php?art_id=17376
Date of entry/update: 21 September 2010