Vision

The Burma Environmental Working Group envisions a Burma in which a democratic government and a strong civil society work together effectively to safeguard ecological and cultural diversity and ensure that the country’s development policies provide equitable benefits to all.

Mission

The Burma Environmental Working Group (BEWG) brings together Burma focused ethnic environmental and social organizations. Each member organization monitors Burma development policy and advocates for alternative development policies meeting their specific traditional and comprehensive understanding of local sustainability. BEWG provides a forum for member organizations to combine the successes, knowledge, expertise and voices of ethnic peoples in pursuit of not just local livelihoods, but sustainable and peaceful national, regional and international development policy. Members collaborate on research, reporting, advocacy campaigns, capacity-building initiatives and policy formulation. BEWG also networks with non-member organizations to encourage harmony and diversity in its own activities as well as strengthen democracy and civil society in Burma.

Action Group for Resource Accountability in Myanmar

Action Group for Resource Accountability in Myanmar (AGRAM) (formerly the Shwe Gas Movement) is a community-based organization publicizing impacts from the Shwe gas project and the China Trans-Burma pipelines.AGRAM facilitates advocacy and community awareness campaigns to promote human rights, environmental justice and revenue transparency in the extractive sectors in Myanmar.

Arakan Oil Watch

Arakan Oil Watch (AOW) is an independent, community-based non-governmental organization operating in Burma, especially in Arakan state. Founded in 2006, the organization aims to ensure that community rights, land, livelihoods and the environment are guaranteed and protected from natural resource extraction and other mega-projects. AOW monitors the activities of corporations and resulting human rights, environmental and financial impacts in Arakan and Burma. AOW educates communities and conducts advocacy around the issue of decentralized natural resource management, and networks with Burma-based CBOs, political parties, and regional and international NGOs that monitor natural resource extraction and its impacts around the world. AOW is a member of Oil Watch South East Asia (OilWatch SEA).

Bridging Rural Integrated Development and Grassroots Empowermen

Bridging Rural Integrated Development and Grassroots Empowerment (BRIDGE) works together with rural communities impacted by political and socio-economic change in Kachin state to strengthen their capacities to manage their own natural resources. BRIDGE supports their community-based development activities and builds collaborations and partnerships that advocate for sustainable development and foster a culture of peace. www.bridgemm.org

Earth Rights Internationa

Earth Rights International (ERI) EarthRights International (ERI) is a group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability. Since 1995, ERI has worked in Burma to monitor the impacts of the large-scale natural resources development on local populations and ecosystems. ERI specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights International seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work. In addition, ERI works alongside affected community groups to prevent human rights and environmental abuses associated with large-scale natural resource projects in Burma.

Kachin Development Networking Group

Kachin Development Networking Group

Karen Environmental and Social Action Network

Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) was established in 2001 as the first local community-based organization to raise environmental awareness among Karen people. KESAN works to empower and educate communities and local institutions to revitalize existing indigenous knowledge and practices for increased livelihood security in Karen and in areas along the Thai-Burmese border. KESAN strives to build up local capacities in forest and natural resource management, raise public environmental awareness, and support community-based development initiatives. In addition to playing a leading role in environmental law and policy formulation, KESAN advocates for environmental policies and development priorities that ensure sustainable ecological, social, cultural, and economic benefits and promote gender equity.

Lahu National Development Organization

Lahu National Development Organization (LNDO) was established in 1997 to promote the welfare and well-being of Lahu communities, including the promotion of alternatives to growing opium. LNDO facilitates community development projects and awareness raising activities with communities in eastern Shan State. LNDO also conducts community research and has published a series of reports on drugs, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and development projects along Burma’s Mekong River.  
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