A Myanmar weather expert will attend the 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, later this year as an observer.
Dr Tun Lwin, former director general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, said he would participate in the event with the support of a local non-governmental organisation, Ecodev.
“The conference will bring together experts from all over the world. We will have a chance to share our knowledge and opinions, and discuss climate change adaptation activities and research,” he said.
He added that he would participate in side events dealing with climate change, research on vulnerability and adaptation, and that he would share his experience with the Myanmar public on his return.
A DMH spokesperson said the department was still unsure whether it would send representatives to the conference.
Environmental experts say Myanmar has been affected by climate change since at least 1978, when monsoon patterns began changing, and are predicting a warmer and wetter climate as the 21st century progresses.
U Win Myo Thu, managing director of Ecodev, an environmental NGO that offers training and awareness-raising programs as part of the Initial National Communication on Climate Change project, said the food security, water resources, public health, forestry, biodiversity and disaster-prevention sectors would all be affected by climate change.
“The predicted shortening of the monsoon period is quite shocking. The monsoon period now lasts about 100 days, down from 145 days [before 1978]. We have to adapt by using more appropriate agricultural methods, different kinds of seeds and better water management. If we don’t start [to prepare] now, we will suffer,” he said.
The conference takes place from November 29 to Decem-ber 10.