KALIKASAN-People's Network for the Environment is a network of people's organizations (POs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and environmental advocates. It aims to address environmental issues but in such a way that primacy is given to the people—especially in the grassroots level—who constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. All environmental causes shall thus have the people's interest at their core.
"Kalikasan" is the Filipino term for nature. KALIKASAN PNE was established to enable greater coordination and complementation in addressing the environmental issues which continue to worsen the lives of already marginalized people. So-called “development schemes,” in particular, have caused great environmental harm with correspondingly great human costs.
Its National Convenors—composed of sectoral representatives from organizations of peasants, fisherfolk, workers, women, indigenous peoples. urban poor, and concerned individuals—launched KALIKASAN-People's Network for the Environment on November 25, 1997.
- Investigate and inform the public of major and particular environmental issues confronting the different sectors and regions;
- Strengthen or help organize local communities affected by the deterioration or destruction of the environment and develop their capacity to engage in direct community action to confront the causes and immediate effects of their environmental problems;
- Encourage, organize, and mobilize the professional sector and civic-minded individuals in major urban centers to respond to the needs of the basic masses who are bearing the burden of the destruction of the environment;
- Strengthen the unity and coordination among the members of the network, reach out to organizations and individuals (who share the network's goals and principles) and launch a concerted action to protect and rebuild people's livelihoods and the environment.