RESPECT OUR HEROES SOMNANG - DINITH - VIKEA - MALA
WHO ARE FACING UP TO TWO YEARS IN JAIL FOR STANDING UP
AGAINST ILLEGAL AND DESTRUCTIVE SAND MINING
FOR NATURE, OUR LIFE
Mother Nature is a leading Cambodian environmental grassroots movement fighting to put an end, through direct yet peaceful means, to the systemic destruction of Koh Kong's precious natural resources.
We are currently engaged in two campaigns: 1) the extremely successful "Saving the Areng Valley", which has so far managed to stop the world's largest hydro dam company from destroying one of the nation's most precious natural assets, the Areng Valley. Mother Nature's brave activists, together with the indigenous people of the valley, have managed to coordinate a campaign like Cambodia has seldom seen: informing millions of fellow citizens, empowering those who would be affected by the dam, and, above-all, inspiring others to become environmental activists themselves. Although little official information about the proposed dam is known, Cambodia's Prime Minister declared in February this year that the dam would not be built as long as he is the leader of the government. Read more about the campaign by clicking here.
2) "No more sand mining", a campaign aimed at stopping, once and for all, the anarchic and illegal sand dredging that has been happening all over Koh Kong's estuaries for over 7 years; The entire coastline of our beloved province has been mined for sand , causing massive ecological damage to the unique eco-systems and destroying the livelihoods of local fishing communities, who have seen fish stocks decimated. Most of the sand is being exported to Singapore, which is in the midst of expanding its territory with a huge sea claiming operation. Three of our activists involved in the anti sand mining campaign are now in pre-trial detention and one more is likely to be arrested too. Their crime: standing up against this blatant crime and defending the rights of those who are most vulnerable. Click here to read more about this campaign.