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In the last 10 years, the Cambodian government has accelerated its policy of 'development' and 'poverty reduction'. This has been used as a pretext by a small elite of corrupt individuals to amass vast quantities of money, causing widespread destruction on the nation's ecosystems as well as grave human rights violations.


Vast portions of the country's once considerable protected forests and national parks have been sold off as 'economic land concessions', without consultion and complete disregard to the rule of law, to private enterprises; lakes continue to be drained in order to create new real estate 'development projects', benefiting none but a tiny elite; rivers all across the country are being mined for sand without any credible social nor environmental impact assessments; hydro-dams are being built as an excuse for accessing vast amounts of luxury timber and so that corrupt officials can receive 'under the table' payments... the list goes on and on.


To make matters even more complicated, Cambodia's civil society (especially in the fields of environmental conservation) has been utterly incapable of putting and end to this wave of pillage and destruction. National and international NGOs, of which there are many, are either not brave enough, or just not interested in findinf an effective solution.


With the ultimate aim of halting this wave of destruction, we created the Mother Nature Movement.




Passion and commitment, not economic remuneration, is what makes us move fight. Nature conservation in Cambodia must not be a way for a few individuals to make money or climb up the professional ladder; it is simply our duty and obligation, not just as nature lovers but also as informed and responsible Cambodians.


Urgency - Cambodia's nature is being systematically destroyed at a rapid rate. This must end, fast.


Bravery -Cambodia is anything but a democratic regime, and in some of the areas we work criminal syndicates rule with impunity from the rule of law. Yet, in the face of these huge obstacles, our activists still strive.


Effectiveness - The companies that are destroying Cambodia's nature are well-connected and very effective money-making machines. To be able to stop them, nature activists can not only use our hearts, we must also use our brains.


Peaceful, innovative and direct action is a vital tool to be used against the destruction of nature. Our activists must be masters at coordinating and, if needed, leading these movements ;


Exposure of the crimes against nature being committed on mainstream / social media and any other means;


Solidarity – we recognise that many Cambodians living in close connection with nature and depending on its fruits for their livelihoods, are under assault by agencies seeking undermine their rights. We commit to supporting these communities in their struggles to retain their land and culture and identities.