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Title: Directory of Asian Wetlands - Burma
Date of publication: 1989
Description/subject: "Burma extends from latitude 10°N in the extreme south, to latitude 18°N on the northern border with Tibet, a total distance of some 2,093 km. Between these two extremes, there exists an ecological spectrum of almost unique variety, ranging from tropical rain forest and coral reefs in the south to temperate forests of conifers, oaks and rhododendrons in the far north, where snow-capped mountains up to 5,792m mark the eastern extremity of the Himalayas. High mountain ranges form a continuous barrier along the western border with India and Bangladesh, extending southward parallel with the coast almost to the Irrawaddy Delta. In the east, the high crest of the Irrawaddy-Salween divide and the rugged mountains of the Shan Plateau border on China, Laos and Thailand. Between these western and eastern mountain barriers lies the fertile, densely populated basin of the Irrawaddy, with its main tributary, the Chindwin, joining it from the northwest. Burma's other great river, the Saiween, flows south through neighbouring Yunnan and then cuts through the Shan Plateau in deep, heavily forested gorges, before finally reaching the sea in the Gulf of Martaban. In the southeast, Tenasserim extends in a mountainous arm along the Thai border as far as the Kra Isthmus, and includes the hundreds of islands of the Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea to the west..." A Directory of Asian Wetlands
Author/creator: Derek A. Scott
Language: English
Source/publisher: IWMI Global Wetland Initiative
Format/size: pdf (255K)
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2012


Title: A Directory of Asian Wetlands (Map server) browse for Myanmar
Author/creator: Derek A. Scott
Language: English
Source/publisher: IWMI Global Wetland Initiative
Format/size: English
Date of entry/update: 13 July 2012


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Title: Mangroves as protection from storm surges in a changing climate (English)
Date of publication: 14 March 2016
Description/subject: Abstract: "Adaptation to climate change includes addressing sea level rise and increased storm surges in many coastal areas. Mangroves can substantially reduce the vulnerability of the adjacent coastal land from inundation and erosion. However, climate change poses a large threat to mangroves. This paper quantifies the coastal protection provided by mangroves for 42 developing countries in the current climate, and a future climate change scenario with a one-meter sea level rise and 10 percent intensification of storms. The benefits of the coastal protection provided by mangroves are measured in terms of population and gross domestic product at a reduced risk from inundation; the loss of benefits under climate change is measured as the increased population and gross domestic product at risk. The findings demonstrate that although sea level rise and increased storm intensity would increase storm surge areas and the amounts of built resources at risk, the greatest impact is the expected loss of mangroves. Under current climate and mangrove coverage, 3.5 million people and roughly $400 million in gross domestic product of are at risk. In the future climate change scenario, the vulnerable population and gross domestic product at risk would increase by 103 and 233 percent, respectively. The greatest risk is in East Asia, especially in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar"
Author/creator: Author Blankespoor, Brian; Dasgupta, Susmita; Lange, Glenn-Marie;
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Bank
Format/size: pdf (849K)
Alternate URLs: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2016/03/26067772/mangroves-protection-storm-surges-changi...
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2016