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Environmental Justice

Thailand’s shores are increasingly fortified with seawalls, a move officials claim is essential for erosion control. But environmental groups challenge the necessity of such drastic measures.
In a former communist stronghold along the Thai-Lao border, indigenous communities are picking a new battle. Armed with litmus paper and test tubes, they are fighting the transboundary pollution allegedly caused by the region's largest coal power plant.
For resisting a gold mine that poisoned their lands, a community in northeastern Thailand was lionised by the press as an example of a David-versus-Goliath fight. But years later, the villagers are still struggling to revive the lands – now without the compensation that they were lawfully entitled to.
Amid mounting concerns over the credibility of Environmental Impact Assessments in Thailand, a coalition of communities in four northern river basins has filed a lawsuit against the massive Yuam water diversion project.
Thailand will buy electricity from the Pak Beng Dam in Laos for the next 29 years. And no, people didn’t have a say in it.
Under the Thai government’s “carbon credits” scheme, about 17,000 acres of mangrove forest lands are being placed under the oversight of multi-million baht corporations, leaving some conservationists uneasy.
Aiming for clearer skies, a Thai court has delivered a landmark ruling that demands heightened transparency concerning industrial emissions.
Tensions have resurged in southern Thailand over a proposed two-billion-baht dam project that communities fear would uproot their lives and inundate a pristine watershed forest.  
Piya Thedyam leads the charge for Thai fishing communities, safeguarding the ocean from illicit fishing in a nation where written laws are no match for the problem.