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Journalists cover news related to climate change adaptation on a daily basis, and yet they often lack the basic conceptual understanding of the subject they write about.

In January 2016, 30 farmers from Letmaung Gwe Village Tract in Shan State conducted a five day exposure visit to the Department of Agricultural Research, a ginger drying factory and Cesvi. The farmers learnt about a variety of value chains including seed selection, groundnut cultivation, seed bank management, ginger processing and a variety of groundnut product processing techniques. The Minister of Agriculture U Myint Hlaing personally came and spoke to the farmers.

On the 23rd of February Cornell University, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as a framework for cooperative programs in Myanmar. Cornell University and MIID have agreed to facilitate international academic exchange, develop academic and scientific relationships, and undertake collaborative research activities.

This article appeared in the Myanmar Times.

Transforming Myitsone into a win-win

MIID Executive Director publish article about Myitsone Dam and hydropower in Myanmar.

Reference: http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/opinion/19328-transforming-myitsone-int...

Communities Develop 3D Map to Help Manage Natural Resources

In December 2015 community leaders developed an innovative Participatory 3-Dimensional Model (P3DM) of Nyaungshwe Township and surrounds. The training gave community members an orientation on map reading, the objective of P3DM, and how to build the model.

MIID’s Participatory River Management project, funded by Oxfam for 17 months, started from 1st January 2016.

On 21-23 October, 2015, Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) participated in the Greater Mekong Forum: Water, Food and Energy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Representatives of our Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative ran a workshop on ecosystem services of the Ayeyarwaddy and Thanlwin Rivers as well as the critical issues that these rivers face.

On September 5th, Friday Times, a Myanmar-language newspaper, reported on MIID's Himalica Project on deforestation, climate change adaptation and organic farming.  Myanmar journalists, as part of a training on climate change reporting, visited to Let Maung Kway village tract, one of MIID project sites, and discussed with the villagers and MIID staff about environmental impacts the village is facing and potential solutions for sustainable livelihoods.

This past July, partner representatives from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) visited the pilot sites in Southern Shan State where MIID is implementing the Rural Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas (HIMILICA) Initiative in Myanmar.

This article appeared in the Irrawaddy News on August 31, 2015.

Locals Lead Response to Climate Change in Burma

RANGOON—Inle Lake, one of Burma’s most well-known attractions, is framed in part by the lush-looking surrounds of the Shan mountain range. But on closer inspection, what appears to be the green of forest is mainly hardy bush and grass, dotted with a few small trees.

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