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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.
In 2021, a 30-year-old water infrastructure project was revived to address shortages in Central Thailand. Civil society groups and experts are concerned about the social and ecological impacts, as communities stand to lose their ancestral lands and livelihoods.
Dressed in colourful traditional garb, the village's female elders gather around a young woman as two large cameras begin recording. In a soft but firm voice, Pornchita Fahpratanprai explains why they are standing up against a coal mine threatening their peaceful community in the mountains of northern Thailand.
Instead of becoming a judge, Juthamat Srihatthapadungkit chose to fight for justice from the ground up. The 26-year-old works side by side with communities to end mining projects approved without public consent and monitor laws and policies related to the country's mineral resources.