On 17th July GEF – together with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, the Tanintharyi Regional Government, Smithsonian Institution (SI), Green Economy Green Growth (GEGG) Myanmar Association, Fauna and Flora International (FFI)- was due to commence the Ridge to Reef Project, a $21 million conservation project that poses to transform 1.4 million hectares of community lands in Tanintharyi Region into Protected Areas – equivalent to 33.5% of the region.
The project has been developed without the consent of indigenous communities, and stands to violate the land and resource rights of local communities, the rights of IDPs and refugees to return to their lands, and to undermine the fragile peace process between the Karen National Union and the Myanmar Government.
With its member Kesan: Karen Environmental & Social Action Network, the ICCA Consortium is planning actions of support for the Karen communities.
Find here the complaint letter written by the Conservation Alliance Tanawthari (CAT) to the GEF Conflict Resolution Commissioner, and their cover letter.
Find here the report: Our Forest, Our Life : Protected Areas in Taninthary Region Must Respect the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Conservation Alliance of Tanawthari (2018)