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SalweenWatch Charity Profile
Salween Watch was formed in February 1999 and is a coalition of organizations and NGOs that work on Burma-related and environmental issues. It was set up with the primary aim of preventing the building of harmful hydroelectric power dams on the Salween River. The group members aim to inform and raise awareness to the local and international communities about the impacts of the proposed hydropower development projects in the Salween Basin.
The coalition works to collect information directly from the affected project areas including data from the affected environment and the people, as well as information from the media, and other credible sources. The information, along with various participatory activities is used to raise awareness about the dams, the environment, and looks at both the positive and negative aspects of development projects among the affected communities. The group strives to build the capacity of local activists, and supports local community initiatives to help organize against development projects that potentially harm their livelihoods. At the same time, much of the groups information and campaign activities are directed outwards, with the aim of alerting and motivating key sections of the regional and international community who are in a position to access more information, influence policy, and block the financing of the hydroelectric power dams.