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PROTECTING NATURE IS NOT A CRIME !!!!

SIM SOMNANG TRY SOVIKEA SAN MALA

 

THREE OF OUR BRAVE ACTIVISTS ARE IN JAIL FOR STANDING UP AGAINST ILLEGAL SAND MINING IN COASTAL KOH KONG

FOR NATURE, OUR LIFE

Mother Nature is a leading Cambodian environmental grassroots movement fighting to put an end to the systematic destruction of Koh Kong's precious natural resources by powerful state and non-state actors. Though this south-western province still boasts Cambodia's most robust natural ecosystems, the last 10 years have seen rampant destruction under the facade of 'energy generation', 'job creation', 'poverty reduction', etc. These large-scale 'development' projects, without exception organized with the connivance and outright support of state organs, have included the widescale logging of the Cardamom mountains (in search of luxury species of timber), anarchic sand mining (exported mainly to Singapore), destruction of protected forests (after being converted to Economic Land Concessions), overfishing of Koh Kong's coast, the sale of Koh Kong's majority of islands, etc.

 

  • Click here to read more about our mission and principles.

 

We are currently engaged in two campaigns;

 

1) "Saving the Areng Valley", aimed at keeping one of the nation's most precious natural assets, the Areng Valley, free from any hydroelectric dam. Mother Nature's brave activists and the indigenous people of the valley, with the priceless assistance of many other civil society groups, have managed to coordinate an incredibly successful campaign able to postpone a senseless dam by the world's largest hydroenergy company, the Chinese stae-owned giant Sinohydro. Though obstacles have been numerous and state repression against activists leading the campaign has been systematic (the leader of the local communities was jailed for 5 months and the founder of Mother Nature was exiled out of the country by the government), we managed in March 2015 to force the government to pull back from this project and postpone it indefenitely.

 

  • Read more about the campaign by clicking here.
  • To see a compilation of newspaper and media articles

on this unique campaign, click here;

 

 

2) "Saving Koh Kong's Mangroves", a campaign aimed at stopping, once and for all, the destructive and illegal sand dredging that has been happening across Koh Kong's estuaries / mangroves since 2008s; The entire coastline of our beloved province has been mined for sand, causing massive ecological damage to these unique eco-systems and destroying the livelihoods of local fishing communities, just so that Singapore can conttinue with its expanding its territorywho have seen fish stocks decimated. Three of our activists involved in the anti sand mining campaign are in jail since August 17th 2015 pending trial, after they had successfully managed to rally hundreds of local fishing communities in peacefully protesting against the presence of illegal mining boats.

 

  • To read in more detail about this campaign, click here;
  • To find out why we oppose sand mining, click here to check out a slide show on this issue;

Visit the Areng Valley with our cool community based tourism project!!

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