Communities in Arakan: Discovering local knowledge on climate change
Submitted by admin on Sun, 14/08/2011 - 01:44.
|Communities in Arakan, Myanmar
Sagu, Ye Kyun, Rambree and Chadduba islands are situated along the Arakan coast of Myanmar. Historic islands during the British Colonization, Pyone Kwaw, project coordinator for Nyein Foundation says, ‘I used to hear stories about British warships and post war period in Arakan from my grandmother and grandfather since I was very young. Among those stories included frequent storms, earthquakes, big tidal waves, and islands disappearances in the bay.’ Long before the deadly 2008 Nargis cyclone, estimated to affect over 1.50 million people; the communities in Arakan State were in the forefront of the cyclones and storms. Through a video documentary, the project will highlight the importance of local experiences, knowledge and understanding of the impacts of climate change and adaptation. Natural hazards such as earthquakes, cyclones, foods, tsunamis and landslides occur at frequent intervals in Myanmar, and the project will contribute to an understanding of the factors and knowledge affecting the resilience of local communities.