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Richard Gregory

Chief Technical Adviser (CTA, Team Leader of FishAdapt Project)

It is more than 12 years ago that I first came to Myanmar when I worked as a fisheries advisor with the FAO Emergency and Rehabailitation Coordination Unit (ERCU) on the Cyclone Nargis recovery efforts in the Ayeyarwaddy, Delta. Over the next 2 years, this involved spending many long days on uncomforatble boats in bad weather, but I grew to truly love the work, the great colleagues that I had the pleasure to work with, and the remarkably resilient people of the Delta. With the completion of the cyclone recovery work, I spent several years working on a range of governacne related projects in Rakhine and Ayeyarwaddy. Now, it is with great pleasure that since December 2020, I am again working with FAO in Myanmar; this time on the FishAdapt Project which is focus on helping fishing communities in Ayeyarwaddy, Rakhine and Yangon become more resilient to climate change threats and issues. Of course, the working conditions are more challenging than ever due to the COVID-19 and for the time being I am not able to travel to Myanmar and must work remotely from my home in Chaingmai, Thailand. However, I have an excellent project team to guide me and great support from the FAO country office, so we are making good progress despitete these challenges.