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.
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 military regime’s policies and activities on local populations and ecosystems. Through their training program, ERI trains young environmental activists from diverse ethnic backgrounds in Burma to empower young leaders with skills and knowledge to work on earth rights issues in their communities.
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), founded in 2006, is an independent non-governmental organization that aims to protect human rights and the environment from extractive industries in Arakan State and in Burma. AOW educates affected peoples on these issues, develops and promotes oil and gas revenue transparency standards, and conducts international advocacy. AOW is an active core member of the Shwe Gas Movement and a member of South East Asia Oil Watch.