05 Feb Myanmar ‘threatened by climate change,’ according to world survey

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Myanmar is at risk from climate change, according to a worldwide survey just released. A farming family walk across dry, cracked earth in Myanmar. Photo: Tun Aung
Myanmar is at risk from climate change, according to a worldwide survey just released. A farming family walk across dry, cracked earth in Myanmar. Photo: Tun Aung

Myanmar is on the list of the 25 countries worldwide that could be most affected by climate change, according to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index 2015 just released.

While Norway and New Zealand are No. 1 and No. 2 in the country ranking, scoring 82.6 and 82.1 respectively, Myanmar is down in the lower quadrant with a rank of No. 158 out of 178 countries surveyed, and a score of 39.4 – the lower the score, the worse the vulnerability and preparedness.

If there is any good news, Myanmar’s trend to improve readiness is rising.

The index released at the beginning of February focuses in on vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change and readiness to adapt and leverage investments to cope.

“The high vulnerability score and low readiness score of Myanmar places it in the upper-left quadrant of the ND-GAIN Matrix. It has both a great need for investment and innovations to improve readiness and a great urgency for action. Myanmar is the 47th most vulnerable country and the 6th least-ready country,” according to the survey.

In particular, Myanmar fares poorly in terms of engagement in international environmental conventions, dam capacity to cope with water security, and limitations in terms of medical staff to cope with the fallout from the negative effects of climate change.

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index, housed in the Environmental Change Initiative at University of Notre Dame in the United States, follows a data-driven approach to show which countries are best prepared to deal with global changes brought about by overcrowding, resource-constraints and climate disruption. The Index aims to unlock global adaptation solutions in the corporate and development communities to save lives and improve livelihoods while strengthening market positions.

The index has been operating ranking countries since 1995.

Last modified on Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:59