Measuring Progress: Adapting to Climate Change in the Dry Zone of Myanmar

Dec 20, 2017

A farmer harvests pulses from a demonstration plot in Nyaung U township.

Communities in Myanmar’s Dry Zone are adapting to the impacts of climate change by undertaking various activities ranging from climate-resistant farming and livestock practices to soil and water conservation, and agro-forestry.

These activities are being implemented as part of the project “Addressing Climate Change Risks on Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar.” The project aims to benefit more than 250,000 people living in five townships - Shwebo and Monywa in Sagaing Region, Myingyan and Nyaung Oo in Mandalay Region, and Chauk in Magway Region. It is funded by the Adaptation Fund, and is being implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). The project started in 2015 and will finish in 2019.

As part of the project, a mobile application (DMH-SESAME) has been developed to provide location-specific, multi-timescale climate information and services. The application is capable of providing 3 days and 10 days information on rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, potential evapotranspiration, and spell for the townships. The application, which was developed in collaboration with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology and Department of Agriculture, can be download from Google Play Store.

UNDP’s Country Director, Peter Batchelor and the Director General of MONREC’s Dry Zone Greening Department U Htay Aung visited 4 villages in Myingyan Township in Mandalay Region and met with beneficiaries of the project. Some farmers are rearing climate resistant goats, pigs and poultry, while others are planting specially developed climate resistant pulses and other crops. As part of the field visit, they also observed the operation of a locally-manufactured crop thresher which was distributed to 127 villages - to minimize post-harvest losses.

The mid-term evaluation (MTE) of the project is currently underway. The evaluation will assess progress towards achievement of the project objectives, and make suggestions for any necessary changes to be made in order to set the project on-track to achieve its intended results.

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