[kehitysmaaliike-l] Save the Date! Conflicts and resource politics in Myanmar, 15 Aug 2018

Timo Kuronen timo.kuronen at siemenpuu.org
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  Conflicts and resource politics in Myanmar

*What:*Discussion on the complex resource politics and its implications 
for the peace process in Myanmar

*When:*15^August 2018, 10 am to 1:30 pm

*Where:*Think Corner 
<https://www.helsinki.fi/en/think-corner>(Tiedekulma), University of 
Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 4

*Facebook*: https://www.facebook.com/events/225937138001715/

Myanmar is experiencing a complicated process of transition towards a 
civilian government, multi-party democratic elections, and peace 
negotiations. At the same time, the recent opening of the country has 
resulted in an accelerating rush for the rich natural resources, 
including a boom in extractive industrial and agribusiness projects. 
Most of these resources are located in the ethnic states and many of the 
grievances of the various ethnic communities are entangled with the 
questions of access to and control over resources. In this event 
researchers, NGO representatives and social movement activists discuss 
the ways that land and other resource rights should be addressed as a 
part of conflict resolution towards sustainable peace in Myanmar.

The recent political changes in Myanmar has also meant a rush of 
different international development organisations to the country. 
Recently also Finland has decided to focus its support in Southeast Asia 
to Myanmar. The event includes a panel discussion on the Finland’s 
future role in Myanmar with perspectives from civil society, ministry 
officials and private sector.

*Tentative program:*

*/10-12 Conflicts and resource politics in Myanmar: Presentations, 
comments and discussion/*

Presentations include: *Carl Middleton* (Chulalongkorn University)*, Khu 
Khu Ju* (Land in Our Hands, Transnational Institute), *Kyi Phyo* (Mekong 
Energy and Ecology Network)

Invited commentators include: *Johannes Vierula* (Felm), *Petri Wanner* 
(Ministry for Foreign Affairs), *Pasi Rajala*(Finnfund)

*/12-13.30 Finland in Myanmar - the dynamics of aid and trade: Panel 

Panelists include: *Riikka Laatu* (Finland’s Ambassador to Myanmar), 
*Esko Korkiakoski* (Geological Survey of Finland, GTK), *Pasi 
Rajala*(Finnfund), *Kristiina Rintakoski* (Felm), *Juhani Klemetti* 

The event is organised by Development Studies 
University of Helsinki in collaboration with Felm 
<https://felm.org/peacebuilding/peacework/> and Siemenpuu Foundation 
<http://www.siemenpuu.org/en>. It is a side event of the 4^th Annual 
World-Ecology Research Network Conference 
<https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/world-ecology-2018>that takes 
place this year in Helsinki (15-18 August).

*Contact persons*: Mira Käkönen (mira.kakonen at helsinki.fi 
<mailto:mira.kakonen at helsinki.fi>), Timo Kuronen 
(timo.kuronen at siemenpuu.org <mailto:timo.kuronen at siemenpuu.org>), Niko 
Humalisto (niko.humalisto at felm.org <mailto:niko.humalisto at felm.org>)

*Speakers: *

*Carl Middleton*is Deputy Director for Research Affairs on the MA in 
International Development Studies (MAIDS) Program, and Director of the 
Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), in the Faculty of 
Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His research 
interests orientate around the politics and policy of the environment in 
Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on environmental justice and the 
political ecology of water and energy. He has recently completed several 
resource politics-related research projects in Myanmar, including on the 
Salween River and in Hakha town, Chin State.

*Khu Khu Ju*is a land right activist and an activist researcher. In the 
past she has been the spokesperson for the Karen Human Rights Group. 
Currently she is dedicating most of her time to the work with Land in 
Our Hands network (LIOH). LIOH is an initiative of small-scale farmers 
and local farmer organizations that works for land tenure rights of 
small-scale farmers and fisherfolk, and particularly for women and 
ethnic communities. Khu Khu Ju has co-authored a report ‘Meaning of Land 
in Myanmar 
published by the Transnational Institute.

*Kyi Phyo*is an energy activist and Myanmar coordinator of the Mekong 
Energy and Ecology Network (MEE Net). In Myanmar several large-scale 
energy projects are being planned. Social movements have been successful 
in stopping some of the most destructive ones. Kyi Phyo has worked 
closely with grassroots activists and local residents in the Irrawaddy 
and Salween river basins building networks to confront destructive 
hydropower projects and to advocate for more just and sustainable ways 
of using the rivers. MEE Net also constructs alternative energy plans 
that have been influential, for example, in the Shan state.

Mr. *Timo Kuronen*
Communications and Programme Coordinator

Lintulahdenkatu 10, 00500 Helsinki, Finland
timo.kuronen at siemenpuu.org
tel: +358 50 569 1642
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