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.
Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization (Sapawa) works along the Thai-Burmese border and inside Burma to promote environmental protection and human rights in Shan State, Burma. Sapawa was established in 2003 by Shan alumni of Earth Rights School and the Shan State School for Nationalities Youth and Shan communities who had become increasingly concerned about the environmental situation in Shan State. Sapawa’s envisions a just and peaceful Shan State free of environmental destruction and exploitation.
Pa-O Youth Organization (PYO) was set up in 1998 striving for peace and justice through empowering youth. PYO has published several reports detailing community impacts from the Tigyit coal-fired power plants and several mining projects in southern Shan State. PYO continues to monitor the situation and educate communities of the environmental and social impacts of these and other large-scale development projects.
Network for Environmental and Economic Development (NEED) was founded in March 2006. NEED is a nonprofit NGO working to strengthen Burmese civil society so that all the people of Burma may benefit from the practice of indigenous and holistic development strategies, based on economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable ideas. NEED concentrates on the promotion of environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, and economic development in Burma.
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.
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.
Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG), founded in 2004, is a network of civil society groups and development organizations in Kachin State. KDNG’s purpose is to effectively work for sustainable development based on indigenous knowledge and culturally-appropriate environmental management and conservation methods. KDNG works to maintain the integrity of land and forest, and empower indigenous people by providing awareness on environment issues, especially relating to human rights, environmental rights and indigenous rights.
Earth Rights 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.
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.
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.