The Salween Peace Park is a 5,200 square kilometer forest park in Hpapun District,
Karen State, Myanmar (Burma). It is home to the Indigenous Karen People who call their ancestral homeland Kawthoolei.
From one generation to another, the Karen have protected and defended this
huge area, rich in biodiversity and the people’s rich cultural heritage.
Today the Karen are defending this ancestral territory from mega-infrastructure projects including mining advanced by Thai and Chinese companies. On December 18, 2018, the Karen formally declared the establishment of the Salween Peace Park- claiming the park for peace, Nature and the self-determination of the Karen People, rather than mining and exploitation.
This short video from the YLNM Network, Kalikasan PNE and IPCM shares the story of the Peace Park. It is an emblematic case of a community using creative, life-sustaining tactics to protect their ancestral homeland.
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