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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.
Thai fishing communities gather in Bangkok this week to renew their call on the government to enforce regulations to protect juvenile fish.
On 23 - 24 September, the anti-coal mining group of Rak Ban Haeng celebrated the 12th anniversary of successfully stopping the development of a lignite mine next to their village in Ngao district of Lampang province. The event called ‘12 Years of Fighting the Mine’ was joined by several anti-mining groups, mainly from the Northeast region.
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.
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.
The Chatree mining complex in Northern Thailand began operations in 2001 and was closed by Thailand’s ruling junta in 2017. Villagers say the environment and their health has suffered as a result of the operations. In January 2022, the government gave permission for the mine to reopen.
A team of environmental rights defenders sailed out of Pattani, a Muslim fishing community in the Deep South, on 26 May. With help from volunteering fisherfolk along the coast, they held discussions with local communities to raise awareness about the need to protect juvenile fish.
Environmentalist Chut Wutty was one of the leading voices for forest conservation in Cambodia. He was killed ten years ago, shot dead by a soldier in the Cardamom Mountains. But the precise circumstances of his death remain muddled.