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Vulnerabilities to a changing climate in Pakokku being assessed, and Laputta is next

Photo: MCCA
Photo: MCCA

The activities for assessing vulnerabilities to climate change in the townships of Pakokku and Laputta are proceeding fast, and with a large incredibly strong partnership.

MCCA is working with the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) with the support of WWF and the Columbia University Centre for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) to understand what are the changes in temperatures and rainfall in Pakokku and also sea-level rise for Laputta.

We have presented these projected change in Pakokku this week –in more than 30 villages– and worked together on what may be the consequences. By 2040, Pakokku may expect increased temperatures to up 1 additional degree celsius, a shorter monsoon season, with heavier rains that may be destructive. Also, there may be up to 15 days hotter contributing to heat waves. In the picture, experts from CCSR and MCCA and the township representatives work on the chain of impacts caused by changes in temperatures and rainfall patterns.

Photo: MCCA
Photo: MCCA

But we are also working on large amount of data provided by the Ministry of Population, Department of Population, that worked through tens of Census tables at the request of MCCA and the Environmental Conservation Department. The vulnerability assessment is being undertaken at present and we will share the findings shortly.

Based on this, we are planning along with the communities on possible adaptation measures, based on the eco-system. So we are actually drawing maps with the people, and also running questionnaires for a regional ‘matrix of functions’ including those of the eco-systems.

 

Photo: MCCA
Photo: MCCA

Fascinating work. For what? To be able to understand how the life of people will be affected by the impact of changes on the eco-system and, based on this, implement adaptive measures!

To learn more about our work, please contact us

 

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