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).