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Lessons from the Field: Engaging Local Officials to Support Community-led Natural Resource Management

By: Mabu Jaratpratprueang, Jason Lubanski, Marena Brinkhurst

The community of Kaw Thay Ghu stewards 30,000 acres of some of the most biodiverse forest in South-East Asia. After years of civil conflict, the people of Kaw Thay Ghu, with support from the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), are revitalizing their customary land and forest governance systems. This Lessons from the Field shares strategies that KESAN is using to engage local officials to support communities’ customary land management systems.