From Battlefields to Refuge: Introducing The Salween Peace Park
From Battlefields to Refuge: Introducing The Salween Peace Park

Aug 07, 2017

"Indigenous self-determination and community protection of natural and cultural heritage in action" The Salween Peace Park initiative is a collective effort involving over 300 representatives from 23 village tracts in the 3 townships of Mutraw District; the Mutraw District's Forestry Department; and one of Myanmar's leading environmental organizations, the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN). Since May 2016, the proposed 5,205 km² Salween Peace Park has undergone a lengthy and inclusive review process by indigenous Karen communities. The initiative was subject to its first public referendum in May 2016. A second public referendum was held in Day Bu Noh village in the Mutraw (Hpapun) District between December 26th to 28th, 2016. The review and comment period is ongoing and expected to be complete by the end of 2017. The Salween Peace Park development process continues to work towards international recognition--cooperating with Thailand's adjacent Salween National Park and Salween National Wildlife Sanctuary. Once formally established, the initiative will engage the Myanmar national government in discussions as to how to best protect the reserve and maximize its public benefit
Salween River and My Life
Salween River and My Life

Aug 07, 2017

The short video features the life of Naw Thu Zaw and Ko Myo Oo who are living on the "Kaw Ku Island" in the Salween River, Hpa-an township, Karen State. As the Burma/Myanmar government is planning to construct a series of hydro-power dams on the Salween River, uncountable numbers of people in the Salween basin, like this couple, will be affected. The Salween River belongs to all the people, not just to a privileged few. Therefore, The fate of the Salween river should be in the hands of the people who rely on them.
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2016
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2016

Jul 05, 2016

The environment plays a crucial role in the daily life and activity of the indigenous Karen people of Burma. The interdependence between people and the environment is visible in traditional culture, spiritual- and social life. The integral bond between the Karen people and the natural environment is also at work in communal tenure practices where environmental conservation and local livelihoods meet. The Karen people are one of the few remaining indigenous communities that live in sustainable coexistence with the natural environment. In respect of this, the indigenous Karen people have commemorated World Environment Day 2016 in Si Poe Kee village, Ta Kreh Township of Hpa-an District in Kawthoolei/Karen State. This celebration aimed to increase public awareness and inform the international community about how indigenous Karen communities protect, manage, utilize and govern their environmental resources sustainably in a changing environment. At the event, more than 300 indigenous Karen communities from three village tracts, 14 primary, middle and secondary schools, a number of Karen community based organizations and relevant departments of the Karen National Union (KNU) joined and showed their solidarity with issues of environmental protection and governance. This momentous event was brought to a close with a tree planting ceremony, as Karen communities look toward a greener and brighter future.