Starting in 2012, EcoBurma became part of a larger project that is funded by the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic. We are grateful for the support in times when funding of activities for Burma with a multilateral approach is difficult to find.
The general concept has not much changed: We try to focus on empowering the Burmese population and civil society as equal partners. We thus hope to avoid the common pitfall when NGOs and aid providers insufficiently involve the main target group. Instead, we seek to encourage a momentum of sustainability that comes from those who are genuinely interested.
One of our main tools is a customized system based on the software Ushahidi where individuals and civil society groups can report concrete issues that are caused by inbound tourism. You will find the reports on (ir)responsible tourism in Burma/Myanmar at Myanmar Tourism Watch. A short introduction and instructions on how to submit reports are available in Burmese and can be downloaded as PDF.
We hope that with a growing base of data, engaged Burmese people and self-support groups who usually remain below the radar of Western and Burmese media, interest groups and decision makers will now have an audible voice.Reports on the Impact of Tourism in Burma on 'Myanmar Tourism Watch',