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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.
Following the dam construction in the 1990s, the villagers of Rasi Salai in Thailand’s northeast find themselves in a decades-long battle for compensation from the authorities and meager scraps from a devastated ecosystem.
When a Chinese mining company arrived in a quiet rural area in Thailand's northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon in 2015, a group of local women knew they had to act.  
How a community in Northeastern Thailand shut down a limestone mine after 30 years of struggle.
One last stand: How a community in Northeastern Thailand shut down a stone quarry after 30 years of conflict.