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We Will Manage Our Own Natural Resources: Karen Indigenous People in Kamoethway Demonstrate the Importance of Local Solutions and Community–Driven Conservation

By Rays of Kamoethway Indigenous People and Nature and Tenasserim River and Indigenous People Network  •  March 24, 2016

TRIP-NET coverThis piece of community initiated action research reveals a number of lessons we can learn. The authors try to reflect the challenges of and opportunities for community based natural resources management in a seemingly forgotten Karen controlled area of southern Myanmar. The paper examines a number of case studies including the construction of a local water supply system, the establishment of fish conservation zones and community-driven forest conservation. An evolutionary development of community based networks such as CSLD (Community Sustainable Livelihood and Development), TRIP-NET (Tenasserim River and Indigenous People Network) and RKIP (Rays of Kamoethway Indigenous People and Nature) and their collaborative action to address emerging Natural Resources Management issues in their land are well illustrated in the paper.

Local Karen people used participatory approaches and FPIC tools in their planning and decision making processes. The application of indigenous knowledge demonstrated that local wisdom regarding natural resource management – such as the management of medicinal forests – can provide tangible benefit to local communities.

 

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အစီရင္ခံစာ ျမန္မာဘာသာကုိ ဤေနရာတြင္ ရယူႏိုင္သည္။

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