Mother Nature Cambodia Inc.
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Ever since the Cambodian civil war started coming to an end and the first democratic elections were held in the early 1990s, the Cambodian government has prioritized 'development' and 'poverty reduction' as two of its most important policies. This has been used as a pretext by a small elite of well-connected individuals and corrupt, ruthless government officials to amass vast fortunes, causing widespread destruction of the nation's natural resources and gross human rights violations.
Despite the vast amount of financial and human resources the international community has thrown at improving this environmental destruction, and despite the fact that dozens of civil society groups operate in Cambodia, the problem persists and in some cases it is becoming worse and worse. Aware that the old formula of conservation in Cambodia has been a total failure, and with the ultimate aim of halting this wave of destruction, we created Mother Nature Cambodia.
+ Campaign and advocatein Cambodia and internationally for the preservation, promotion and protection of Cambodia's natural environment;
+ Monitor, scrutinize, expose and challengeactors such as companies and government departments that damage or plan to damage Cambodia's natural environment;
+ Raise awareness, educate, empower and engagepeople in Cambodia and internationally about the value of Cambodia's natural environment and encourage them to get involved in acting to protect the environment;
+ Provide training, financial support, advice and opportunitiesfor environmental and human rights activists in Cambodia;
+ Support strugglesby local people, such as farmers, fisher folk and indigenous communities, who are struggling to defend their environment and human rights. Support their efforts to uphold their human rights, land rights, culture and livelihoods;
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+ Passion and commitment, not economic remuneration, is what makes us go forward.
Nature conservation in Cambodia must not be a way for individuals to make money
or climb up the professional ladder. It is an obligation, not just as nature lovers but
also as informed and responsible Cambodians.
+ Urgency - Cambodia's natural resources are being systematically destroyed at a very rapid rate by vested interests. This has to be effectively stopped, fast.
+ Bravery- Cambodia is anything but a democratic regime, and in some of the areas we work criminal syndicates, in most cases with outright support from state prgans, rule with impunity. Cambodian human rights and environmental activists have been in the last few years killed, jailed, judicially-harassed and endlessly repressed by the government. Yet, despite these huge obstacles, our activists still strive.
+ Innovation & 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 their brains.
+ Peaceful, direct action is a vital tool to be used to minimize the systematic destruction of our country's natural resources. Our activists must be masters at coordinating and leading peaceful movements of local communities, fellow activists, etc;
+ Exposureof the crimes against nature being committed on mainstream / social media and any other means is a vital tool we must make good use of. This informs the public, puts pressure on the government and helps inspire others to become activists;
+ 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 to undermine their rights. We commit to supporting these communities in their struggles to retain their land and culture and identities.