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About Us

Burma Rivers Network is comprised of organizations representing various dam-affected communities in Burma.

Our mission is to protect the health and biodiversity of river ecosystems, and to protect the rights of communities negatively impacted by large-scale river development.

We seek a country in which the rights of peoples and communities to their rivers and natural resources are respected, protected, and promoted. We believe that consumption and distribution of resources must be based on principles of ecological sustainability and social justice.

To develop a strong network in Burma to achieve our mission, we:
- work to monitor and stop destructive river development
- promote meaningful public participation in decision-making, especially for indigenous communities
- promote alternative energy and water-use solutions
- strengthen social forces to advocate to development stakeholders for improved development processes
- develop broad public support for affected communities

 Message From Burma Rivers Network

Large dams are being constructed on all of Burma’s major rivers and tributaries by Chinese, Thai and Indian companies. The dams are causing displacement, militarization, human rights abuses, and irreversible environmental damage, threatening the livelihoods and food security of millions. The power and revenues generated are going to the military regime and neighbouring countries.

There is complete military control of energy development in Burma and no processes that allow for information disclosure, public participation or implementation of proper standards for dam-building. Neighbouring countries benefit from this situation by gaining electricity without bearing the social and environmental costs.

To ensure transparency and accountability, the recognition of rights, and social justice in energy development projects, a democratically-elected government is needed in Burma. All investments in large dam projects in Burma must be stopped until that time, when sustainable energy policies can be developed.

The Burma Rivers Network invites you to join us to protect the health and biodiversity of river ecosystems, and to protect the rights of communities negatively impacted by large-scale river development. Please contact us at brn.burmariversnetwork@gmail.com or visit this website for updates on current campaigns.

 

IMAGE Afraid to Go Home: Recent Violent Conflict and Human Rights Abuses in Karen State
Friday, 14 November 2014
The following report was prepared by Karen Rivers Watch (KRW), a coalition of six Karen organizations focused on the environment, women, youth, human... Read More...
IMAGE One cannot step into the same river twice: making the Kaladan Project people-centred
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
This report from the Kaladan Movement provides an update on the progress of the Kaladan Project; assesses the potential Project-related benefits and... Read More...
IMAGE Chronology of the Myitsone Dam at the Confluence of Rivers above Myitkyina
Monday, 27 May 2013
Sources: New Light of Myanmar, Myanmar Times, Irrawaddy, Mizzima, Weekly Eleven, The Voice, Open News, 7 Day News, Kachin News, Damming the... Read More...

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