This thesis critically examines the mobilization of Indigenous environmental relations and conservation politics to protect the land in the Salween Peace Park, a 5,485-square kilometre conservation initiative in the autonomous Karen territory of Kawthoolei, otherwise known as Karen State, Burma. The author argues that paying attention to spiritual-environmental relations is essential in order to understand Indigenous environmental governance, and that conservation projects offer unique opportunities for Indigenous peoples to mobilize these environmental relations, engage in symbolic politics, and mount a sovereign refusal of state domination.

With the Salween Peace Park, We Can Survive as a Nation: Karen Environmental Relations and the Politics of an Indigenous Conservation Initiative

Author: Paul, Andrew

Year: 2018

Media Type: Report