KEO's mission is to protect the natural resources, forest and the environment from further degradation in Kachin State, and conserve them for the benefit of Kachin people today as well as for future generations in Burma. KEO's goals in achieving their mission are:
- To raise the level of awareness of local people on the need for environmental protection and to empower them to participate in the government´s decision-making process on the extraction of natural resources, with due regard for sustainability.
- To raise awareness amongst Kachin people and other Kachin organizations of the connection between the abuse of the environment and the abuse of human rights in Burma.
- To raise the living standards of the indigenous people and those who are affected adversely by the extraction of natural resources by the military regime and foreign commercial interests
- To support Kachin people in the preservation of Kachin culture
Since its foundation, KEO has conducted various training sessions on environmental issues with members of the Kachin community and different Kachin organizations. KEO was also involved in the founding of the Burma River Network (BRN), an organization which advocates for the protection of rivers in Burma.
In addition to its own programs, KEO partners with a number of Burmese and other ethnic organizations to expand its reach within Burma. KEO is committed to developing the capacity of both organizations and individuals among ethnic minorities to work together more effectively toward reconciliation and democratization.