Flood Affected Villages in Myanmar’s Dry Zone Get Recovery Support

Aug 31, 2015

Forty nine villages in Myanmar’s Dry Zone affected by monsoonal floods that hit the country last month will be assisted to recover from losses sustained. These villages are located in the five townships of Shwe Bo, Monywa, Chauk, Nyaung-U and Myin Gyan where the Addressing Climate Change Risk Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar project is being implemented.

The project  will benefit more than a quarter of a million people in the Dry Zone by making available continuous freshwater during dry seasons, providing skills and tools for climate-resilient agricultural and livestock practices and climate risk information. The USD 7.9 millon, four-year project, the first in Myanmar to receive funding from the Adaptaion Fund, is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry. 

In June, consultation at the township level helped identify the 280 participating villages. Forty nine of these villages have suffered varying degrees of damages following the floods of July and August.

Discussions held amongst the Union, Region/State, District and Township level government representatives as well as the civil society members at the project inception workshop held in Nay Pyi Taw last week recommended that the affected villagers be assisted so that they can build back better.

“The Addressing Climate Change Risk on Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar is an important project for the Government of Myanmar, as it is well-aligned to national development strategies and objectives and will contribute to the national policy of poverty alleviation,” said the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, U Khin Maung Yi.

UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative, Thuy Hang Thi To said that the project was of great importance for sustainable development in Myanmar. “This project is a stepping stone for Myanmar to build its institutional capacities, and to integrate climate risks in development planning. It is a strategic initiative, which will help increase access to additional climate change finance from funds such as the Green Climate Fund,” she said.

The inception workshop paved the way for the implementation of the project. Among others, it  discussed and endorsed the project outcomes and outputs, including  results framework, implementation arrangements, and the annual work plan for 2015.

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