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Environmental Justice

As Thailand marches ahead with its vision of ‘greening’ the Northeast through extensive irrigation projects, local communities are concerned about the impact of the infrastructure plans on the Mekong’s tributaries.
On October 26th the anti-potash mining group of Wanon Niwat in Sakhon Nakhon Province visited the Provincial Court to hear the verdict of a court case between members of the community and a Chinese potash mining company.
Sanit Maneesri and the environmental group EARTH have been watching the water and soil contamination in the small rural community of Nong Pawa in Rayong province go from bad to worse. But after years of waiting, justice is beginning to roll in.
On August 17, 2022, the Supreme Administrative Court dismissed the Xayaburi Dam case, the first lawsuit filed to protect the rights of Thai people from the transboundary impact of hydropower dams in the Mekong. The decision concluded that Thai government agencies are not directly involved in the environmental impacts of the dam.
On the 12th and 13th August the Khao Lao Yai-Pha Chan Dai Forest Conservation Group celebrated the 2 year anniversary of successfully closing down a nearby stone quarry that has impacted the surrounding communities for 28 years.
From Thailand's southern tip to the capital; a group of marine conservationists and local fisherfolk travelled on boats for 14 days to protect the future of aquatic life and the country's food security.
As the reopening of Thailand's largest gold mine in Phichit province is on the horizon, one woman is leading the fight to protect her community from health impacts and pollution.
In recent days hundreds of farmers, members of the Assembly of Isan Farmers from Surin, Si Saket and Roi Et provinces have been demonstrating in central Bangkok. Sleeping in tents outside the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
Lertsak Kamkongsak is one of Thailand's most prominent human rights defenders and a co-founder of The Commoners Party, who has been empowering villagers to hold mining companies accountable for years.