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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. The once-tranquil coastal city of Sihanoukville is seeing how countless new buildings - the vast majority of them owned by and geared towards Chinese nationals - are sprouting up everywhere, with laws, regulations, and the opinion of local residents blatantly ignored,
The end result? Mountains of garbage everywhere, beaches ruined by untreated sewage, floods that last hours if not days, the list is sadly endless.
No sewage, no garbage, no casinos, no out-of-control construction, and no economic land concessions. Instead, here you will find an island paradise of unparalleled beauty.
We take pride in seeing how such a stunning place, bestowed upon us by our Khmer ancestors, still exists.
We demand that this mysterious and jungle-clad island, the country's largest, is declared officially protected and that it remains fully preserved for future generations of Cambodians.
08 March 2020
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 usually under the facade of 'development', and 'economic growth' but ultimately nothing but a means to enrich the country's dictatorial elite.
We do so by effectively exposing the corruption and abuse of power that lies behind this destruction, by empowering the brave activists engaged in the struggle, and by inspiring others to break away from fear and get involved too.
Despite the recent transformation Cambodia has seen into into a fully-fledged dictatorship, with relentless harassment against those willing to speak up and tell the truth, we continue to strive.
Join us in protecting Cambodia's natural heritage.
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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24 March 2020