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31 December 2017
Much in line with how the Hun Sen dictatorship has managed the extraction of other Cambodian resources such as timber and sand, the mining of gold is becoming more and more of a burden to the nation. As more and more mining operations, mostly disguised as 'harmless prospecting', pop up across the country, waterways around local communities are being poisoned alarmingly, with instances of mass poisonings and even deaths not-at-all unusual. To add insult to tragedy, the general public has no clue as to what economic benefits, if any, is the gold mining sector bringing to this impoverished nation.
25 June 2018
The mighty Mekong River, one of Asia's most important waterways and vital to millions of Cambodians, is under serious threat. Out-of-control extraction of sand and gravel, mega dams blocking fish migration and sediments, over fishing, pollution.... the list is sadly endless.
Mother Nature Cambodia is working alongside communities affected by some of these most destructive 'development' projects, with the aim of ensuring that their rights and needs are not trampled upon by the usual greed and blindness of the dictatorship and their private-sector partners.
Mother Nature Cambodia is a grassroots movement fighting to put an end to the systematic destruction of Cambodia's natural environment by vested interests.
Since we got started in 2012, we have achieved remarkable achievements, such as forcing the Cambodian government to pull back from building a destructive dam in the Cardamom mountains, pressuring the governments of Cambodia and Singapore to discontinue the illicit extraction and trade of huge quantities of reclamation sand, etc.
While the state-sponsored destruction of Cambodia's once-mighty nature proceeds, and repression against those willing to expose the truth and change the system increases, Mother Nature Cambodia continues to grow and expand onto new campaigns, ready to contribute to the effective protection of our country's vital natural resources.
For close to ten years, Cambodian government agencies coordinated the illegal extraction and smuggling of millions of tons of coastal sand to several Asian countries, chiefly Singapore, under the excuse that these estuaries needed to be 'deepened for navigational purposes'. After two and a half years of grassroots advocacy - including the arbitrary jailing for close to one year of three of our activists - and a hard hitting expose on wide-scale corruption issues tied to the sector by our investigators, the vast majority of sand exports have stopped. For now.
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