The Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center – Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK/Friends of the Earth-Philippines) is a policy and legal research and advocacy institution. It is organized as a non-stock, non-profit, non-partisan, cultural scientific and research foundation duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It started its actual operations on February 1988. The Organization is the Official member of the Friends of the Earth International (FOEI).
LRC-KsK’s overall mission is to work for the empowerment of marginalized indigenous peoples and rural communities directly dependent on natural resources. The Center believes that it is through the empowerment of women and men in marginalized communities directly dependent on our resources that a sustainable, equitable and gender-just use and stewardship of our natural resources is viable. This mission is accomplished through a dynamic, cohesive, independent organization of dedicated, committed and fulfilled women and men as working communities of direct users of natural resources. The center’s main advocacy has been the recognition and protection of the rights of the indigenous people and rural communities directly dependent on natural resources as essential components of any program on sustainable development and more importantly, social justice and human rights. Empowerment is essential, but it is not the only requirement to achieve meaningful reforms. The peoples’ aspirations must eventually be adopted, articulated and implemented by the State. Hence, The Center seeks to catalyze changes in laws, policies and structures and to assist and facilitate the development of capacities of local communities in asserting their rights and effectively addressing inequities.