In the recent past, several significant disaster events have been reported in various parts of Myanmar. Floods, cyclones, drought and landslides have become major types of disaster events with serious impacts on day-to-day life of the people and the economy. The context in the Shan State is not very different.
The perception of people towards disaster risk and preparedness ranges. During the on-site risk assessment surveys in Taunggyi, we had the opportunity to interview and conduct focused group discussion with local communities living along the high susceptibility zones. “My experience in conducting these interviews and over 200 surveys show how useful they are. People are so hopeful and want to make a difference to their communities. It makes me realize how important this process is.” Resilience cannot flourish in an environment where those affected most by disaster and climate risk are excluded. Integrating local knowledge and science will allow us to assess existing and arising risk more accurately.