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Title: Managing climate risks for people’s health and well-being - Policy Guidance Brief 5
Date of publication: October 2017
Description/subject: "Improving the health status of Myanmar’s population remains a challenge as current efforts are impeded by poverty and malnutrition in rural areas, inadequate hygiene and sanitation, and limited health care access in remote locations. Myanmar is prone to natural hazards and has been recently ranked as the second-most vulnerable country to weather-related extreme events. Latest climate change projections suggest that in future, climate hazards like extreme temperatures, floods and storm surges, will have significant implications for health in the absence of adequate climate risk management, health and social protection systems. The potential health risks from climate change include: increase of waterborne and vector-borne diseases, heat-related illnesses, injuries and deaths, food insecurity and increased malnutrition. The poor, women, children and the elderly, as well as communities living in remote high-risk areas are most vulnerable..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Climate Change Alliance
Format/size: pdf (662K)
Date of entry/update: 19 January 2018


Title: Sustainable management of natural resources for healthy ecosystems - Policy Guidance Brief 2
Date of publication: October 2017
Description/subject: "Ecologically diverse, Myanmar has abundant water resources, species-rich coastal ecosystems and large forest reserves. However, population and economic growth and unsustainable use of natural resources are driving forces of ongoing environmental degradation which curb the ability of ecosystems to provide services and respond to shocks. Environmental impacts of climate change in Myanmar are far-reaching: increased risk of forest fires, plant pests and diseases, and desertification, particularly in the Central Dry Zone, due to droughts and extreme temperatures; loss of vegetation in mountain regions as result of rapid-onset events such as floods and landslides; and destruction of coastal ecosystems due to strong cyclones, among others. Although the country has a significant carbon sequestration capacity, high deforestation rates remain a critical issue. One of Myanmar’s major challenges ahead is to enhance the carbon sink potential of its forests which can also help generate other co-benefits such as adaptation..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Myanmar Climate Change Alliance
Format/size: pdf (501K)
Date of entry/update: 19 January 2018