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Title: Studying Orchids, Enriching Lives
Date of publication: 09 August 2018
Description/subject: "This Karen language report details women-lead orchid research lead by the indigenous Karen women in the community with assistance from KESAN's women research group. The research was conducted in two community forests, Kheshorter and Thawthee Pwawghaw, in the Salween Peace Park. By using their indigenous knowledge, the women research group documented 121 species of orchids from 37 families, with 77.5% of the species that are prohibited species on international trade. This report aims to increase the Karen peoples' knowledge of various type of orchids that inhabit in both their community and other areas, and increase environmental and cultural knowledge among the Karen community, such as basic good governance for environment, forest, ancestral land, livelihood, culture and self determination. Finally, this report also aims to encourage more community based biodiversity and cultural research. Hard copies are available with small price. This is to support the women researchers to continue with more biodiversity research in their community. Please contact info@kesan.asia or media@kesan.asia to get the hard copies. You can also make a small donation to support the women research project..."
Language: Karen
Source/publisher: Kesan
Format/size: html, pdf (8.7MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.kesan.asia
Date of entry/update: 29 October 2018

Title: Khoe Kay: Biodiversity in Peril
Date of publication: July 2008
Description/subject: Executive Summary: "A team of Karen researchers from the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network has undertaken this study to begin documentation of the rich biodiversity of Khoe Kay, a bend in the Salween River that is part of their homeland. They also want to document and expose the severe threats faced by this stretch of the Salween, both from large dams and ongoing militarization. Using methods of their own culture, as well as those used in university research, they have found that Khoe Kay is studded with both plant and animal diversity, with 194 plant species and 200 animals identified. Forty-two of these species are considered endangered, being found in IUCN's Redlist, the CITES Appendices, or both. Thus, conservation of the area will protect many globally important resources. Endemic and unknown species are also represented, with eight endemic fish species of particular interest. Also, many of the plants and animals unknown to Western science are used by the Karen for food and medicine, providing opportunities for further research. Furthermore, several entire taxa, such as mollusks, spiders and fungi, have been treated very lightly if at all in this report, so the reader is encouraged to undertake further study with assistance from KESAN. Lying on the riverine border of Thailand and Burma, the area is relatively untrammeled. Teak trees dominate, and therefore Khoe Kay provides a window into the biodiversity of the entire region prior to industrial development. Threats from proposed large dams and militarization may seriously degrade Khoe Kay. With dams, the main concerns are greenhouse gas emissions, loss of fisheries, cumulative effects of several cascading dams, and flow changes and sedimentation. Militarization of the area is also increasing, having already resulted in the loss of one severely endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Environmental and Social Action Network
Format/size: pdf (5.9MB - original; 4.7MB - burmalibrary version)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs6/2008_009_24_khoekay-b.pdf
Date of entry/update: 07 February 2009