The Karen Wildlife Conservation Initiative (KWCI) is a collaborative undertaking and includes representation from the Karen National Union (KNU), the controlling authority for these remote regions.
The full steering group is made up of:
The Karen National Union Forestry Division
This Department manages forests in KNU controlled areas, as well as providing training in sustainable community forest management. The KNU and KFD are fully committed to the KWCI project and are involved and provide resources for both the survey and wildlife protection operations.
KESAN is a non-profit organization working alongside local communities in Karen State to ensure sustainable livelihoods by preserving indigenous knowledge, building capacity and promoting practice and policy change. KESAN is committed to supporting community-based livelihood initiatives; promoting indigenous knowledge, capabilities and gender equality while enriching livelihoods and biodiversity; raising awareness on environment and climate change; advocating for policies that ensure people’s participation, ownership, gender equity and environmental sustainability in the development process taking place in the rural areas. Paul Sein Twa chairs the KWCI steering group and two of the biodiversity staff, Saw Htoo Blaw and Saw Htoo Eh Wee, are seconded to the KWCI project to lead survey operations.
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Adam Oswell is Chairman and Executive Director of Wildlife1 Foundation, a Thai registered NGO and wildlife conservation organization, and has over 15 years experience working on wildlife conservation issues in Asia. W1 operates a sanctuary in northern Thailand for the rescue and rehabilitation of confiscated and abused wildlife and also monitors and reports wildlife conservation issues and provides enforcement assistance to counter illegal wildlife trade. Adam is the Operational Manager for the KWCI in addition to producing photographic and video communication assets for the initiative.
Clare Campbell is the Director of the Australian based not for profit organisations Wildlife Asia and the Asian Rhino Project. She is also the President of the Silvery Gibbon Project and is a member of the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group and Primate Specialists Group, Section on Small Apes. Clare has over 10 years experience in wildlife conservation in South East Asia. She has almost 12 years experience in the management of captive primates, the a particular focus on the integration of captive species management and in situ conservation. She is committed to developing and assisting with more collaborative and holistic in situ conservation projects in Indonesia and South East Asia. Clare is the project manager for the KWCI.
Dr Ross McEwing is the SE Asia Programme Manager for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland conservation projects, working on a range of ex and in situ projects across the region. Ross is also a Director of TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network where he works across the world to develop scientific capacity within developing countries for illegal wildlife trade enforcement and prosecutions. Ross is experienced at working in sensitive and politically challenging environments and is the science and research manager for the KWCI and steering group secretariat and can be contacted here.