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Karen Environmental and Social Action Network

Chiang Mai, Myanmar
Joined October 2015
Presence in: Myanmar
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice

KESAN is a community-based, non-governmental, non-profit organization that works to improve livelihood security and gain respect for indigenous peoples’ knowledge and rights in Karen State, Burma.


To secure Karen lands and sustainable livelihoods

To create a durable and equitable peace

To build climate resilience

To advocate for gender equity

To instill respect for biodiverse environments and for the Karen communities that live within them

To assist displaced people seeking to rebuild  their lives


To assist in securing access to lands, water, forests, and the agricultural biodiversity that is the basis of Karen people’s lives.

To support improved livelihood capabilities  and  resilience for displaced and local communities.

To strengthen and inform civil society networks that advocate for good environmental governance.

To advocate for local, state and national policies and practices that safeguard the environment and the rights of local people while protecting against unsustainable and harmful development.


People Associated With This Organization

Jason Lubanski

Karen Environmental and Social Action...
Joined October 2015
Working for the organization, KESAN, and wants to share experiences and learn from other grassroots organizations working for customary land rights of indigenous peoples.

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Mabu Jaratpratpreuang

Karen Environmental and Social Action...
Joined October 2016
My name is Mabu and I work with the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN). I am currently working in the area of land and forest resource management and land protection. I joined the Namati Network because they are working for community land protection similar to what I am working on and I am interested in learning about the community land protection process.

Contributed Resources:

Shloime Perel

Karen Environmental and Social Action... (Unverified)
Joined November 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Health, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I’m involved in peace, nature conservation, animal rights and the vegan path.

Yali Banton-Heath

United Kingdom  
Karen Environmental and Social Action... (Unverified)
Joined May 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
I am an undergraduate International Development student at the University of East Anglia. I am currently on a work placement in Myanmar looking at land issues, and would like to network with other people who are working in similar areas.
Mabu Jaratpratpreuang is the network champion (main point of contact) for Karen Environmental and Social Action Network.

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