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Yet another environmental crisis is unfolding under the 'wise & wondrous leadership' of Samdech Hun Sen, the increasingly authoritarian Prime Minister of Cambodia. In the coastal city of Sihanoukville, the explosion of countless new buildings - of which we highlight the construction of over 80 casinos just over the last 4 years - a massive amount of raw sewage is being dumped onto the city's once-pristine beaches. Though after the start of our campaign in late 2018, and relentless criticism by Cambodians on social media, the dictatorship is starting to wake up to this huge problem, this stinking crisis persists.
Out-of-control and corruption-riddled investment continues to take its toll on the natural heritage of the coastal province of Sihanoukville. There is not only a growing crisis on garbage and sewage, but also illegal encroachment of state public land, mainly beaches. Cambodian law is clear on this, beaches belong to all Cambodians and can not have structures built on them, something which the out-of-control authorities of Sihanoukville are either not aware of or simply ignoring (for an all-too-familiar reason). Sadly, the destruction of these once-pristine beaches is now spreading from Sihanoukville city onto the gorgeous islands off the coast.
Much in line with how the Cambodian 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 the number of gold mining operations continues to increase, most under the pretext of 'prospecting', waterways are being poisoned alarmingly, with regular allegations of mass poisonings and even deaths. 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 our impoverished nation.
12 April 2019
Our first campaign, and perhaps our most successful so far. Plans by the Phnom Penh government to flood this stunning part of the Cardamom mountains into a reservoir for an unproductive hydro-dam were stopped on its track after years of campaigning. The dam would have obliterated one of Cambodia's most important habitats for several species of wildlife - of which we highlight the extremely rare Siamese crocodile and Dragon Fish - and thrown close to 2,000 indigenous villagers out of their ancestral lands. Despite the dam having been officially cancelled, the threats to this stunning terrain persist. Read more here;
The mighty Mekong River, one of Asia's most important waterways and vital to the livelihoods of millions of Cambodians, is under serious threat. Largely-unregulated extraction of sand and gravel, mega dams built in China, Laos and now Cambodia that block fish migration and sediments, over fishing, ... 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 partners in the private-sector.
Mother Nature Cambodia is fighting to put an end the systematic destruction of Cambodia's natural heritage, done more often than not under the facade of 'development', 'job creation' and'economic growth'. We do so by mainly by exposing the corruption, incompetence and abuse of power that lies behind it to massive audiences through our extremely popular Facebook page and mainstream media, but also by empowering & supporting the brave activists at the fore front of vital struggles for land, access to ancestral forests, fisheries, etc.
Despite the recent transformation over the last two years of our beloved country into a one-party state, we - and many others - continue to strive. Join us in protecting Cambodia's natural heritage and the rights of those whose livelihoods depend on it.
For years, government agencies aided and abetted the illegal extraction and smuggling of millions of tons of marine sand from Koh Kong's precious estuaries to several Asian countries, chiefly Singapore, under the ridiculous pretext that 'estuaries need to be deepened for navigational purposes', or 'dredging reduces flooding and riverbank collapse'. After years of grassroots advocacy and a hard hitting expose on wide-scale fraud by our group, exports have stopped since late 2016. Sadly, out of control dredging of river sand across the country, and mining of rare silica sand, continue unabated. / READ MORE
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