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Harassed by palm oil company, villagers in Thailand defend land

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In November 2012, two women were found dead at the edge of a palm oil plantation. The death were understood as a clear warning to the Klong...

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Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

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Large-scale investments and climate conservation initiatives destroy forests and people’s territories

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Asia’s rapid economic growth and industrialisation are coming at an extremely high price for local communities, their environments and...

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Forest Conflicts in Thailand: State vs. People

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  Thailand’s modern forest politics has had many phases. In the 19th century, the British began logging the country for teak....

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Southeast Asia: Strengthening resistance beyond boundaries

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

This is the third regional bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement in the past 10 months. The first regional issue (WRM Bulletin 224)...

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จดหมายข่าว (WRM) – ฉบับที่ 229 – กุมภาพันธ์ / มีนาคม 2560

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

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Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

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Brazil: Rising profits do not prevent layoffs: Fibria Celulosa in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On August 25, 2015, employees of the Fibria Company in Tres Lagunas, Mato Grosso do Sul, made public the recent layoffs made by the company...

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Save the Mekong Rivers!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

 Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) together with national and international organizations, insist to immediately stop all activities...

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Mekong governments: Listen to the people! – Statement to sign-on

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Dear friends, Local communities in the Mekong region in Southeast Asia, who depend on the Mekong river and numerous other rivers and lakes...

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Stop All Mekong Basin Dams!

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

On September 2014, fishing communities’ networks from Cambodia and Thailand met with great solidarity and commitment to share and voice...

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Thailand’s New ‘Forestry Master Plan’: Same old strategy dressed up in new clothes

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

    On 31 July 2014, the ‘Forestry Master Plan’ (FMP) was issued by Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command and...

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Walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and evictions of forest community member and to stop the Forest Master Plan in Thailand

Posted on Nov 5, 2014

On November 9th, the Northern Peasant Federation of Thailand (NPF) will be leading a walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and...

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Thailand: Forest populations need a voice

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

In Thailand, both the army and civilian governments define forests as “wilderness free of inhabitants”, neglecting that tropical...

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The Asian Development Bank’s infrastructure-led ‘growth’ in India and the Mekong region (1)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is pivotal for creating demand and the conditions for widespread privatization in virtually every sector...

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Women’s roles, rights and responsibility in natural resources: Some reflections from Mekong Region

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar it remains common until today that the wife will be the one who ‘owns’ the land of...

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Letter demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don Sahong Dam

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

Letter sent by the Save the Mekong Coalition, to the Mekong countries Prime Ministers demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don...

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Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia – Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines,...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Thailand: Save the Mekong – Stop the Xayaburi dam!

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

On 15 and 16 September, representatives of community networks from northeastern Thailand gathered in Bangkok to protest against the...

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Climate, human rights and forests in Thailand

Posted on Dec 30, 2011

In Thailand, indigenous communities have been and continue to be threatened to be expelled from their traditional territories as a result...

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Mekong: International petition against the Xayaburi Dam

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

On the first week of November, International Rivers launched an international petition calling on the Prime Ministers of Laos and Thailand...

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Actions against dams around the world

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

Indonesia: Since April 2005, two companies involved in the building of a mega-dam in Indonesia, both owned by the a former Vice President...

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No shining legacy: Women start organising against gold mining in Thailand

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

The lush green rice paddies, vegetable fields, forested mountains and quiet villages in the Wangsaphung district of the Loei province of...

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Hydropower on the Mekong: Where dams may block the future of millions

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Hydropower is often portrayed as “clean” or “green” energy and as part of the solution for preventing fossil fuel-related climate...

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Mekong Citizens to Hand 15,000 Signature “Save the Mekong” Petition to Thai PM

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

PRESS RELEASE. In a bold outpouring of public concern for Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, more than 15,000 people from within the...

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Save the Mekong, a coalition to keep the river alive

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The Mekong River is one of the world’s major rivers and flows along 4,350 km (2,703 miles) draining an area of 795,000 km2. (1) As Aviva...

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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Before the current global economic meltdown, the pulp industry had ambitious expansion plans. Although the industry was closing mills in...

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Plantations, poverty and power: Europe’s role in the expansion of the pulp industry in the South

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

By Chris Lang The area of industrial tree plantations is expanding in the global South. Vast areas of monocultures have been established to...

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Plantations in the mekong region: overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Eucalyptus, oil palm, rubber and jatropha monoculture plantations are expanding onto local communities’ lands and forests in the Mekong...

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Thailand: Rubber prices fluctuate, how can farmers benefit?

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Rubber is one part of life of the people of the South, related both to the culture and economy of the last 108 years. The monoculture...

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Thaïlande : avec la fluctuation du prix du caoutchouc, comment les agriculteurs peuvent-ils gagner de l’argent ?

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Le caoutchouc fait partie de la vie des gens du Sud ; depuis 108 ans, il est associé à leur culture et à leur économie. Le système de...

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Thailand’s big plans for agrofuel plantations face uncertainty

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Thailand is making big plans, in particular for the next ten years, to boost agrofuel production particularly through expansion of oil palm...

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Mono-crop trees find more room over the borders in the Mekong region

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

The inter-meshing of the six economies in the Mekong Basin since the 1990s has been fostered under the Greater Mekong Sub-region economic...

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Thailand – WRM information sheet on GE tree research

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

WRM information sheets on GE tree research First posted: 18 August 2008 Last update: August 2014 Forest tree species being...

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Rights of rubber farmers in Thailand under free trade

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

By Ms Sayamol Kaiyoorawong and Ms Bandita Yangdee – Project for Ecological Awareness Building This article examines whether rubber...

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Thailand: Rubber plantations against forests, people and health

Posted on Feb 2, 2008

The recent study “Rights of rubber farmers in Thailand under free trade”, by Ms Sayamol Kaiyoorawong and Ms Bandita Yangdee,...

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Certifying the Uncertifiable. FSC Certification of Tree Plantations in Thailand and Brazil

Posted on Aug 8, 2003

By the World Rainforest Movement Concern over the spread of tree monocultures and their certification is at the centre of this book....

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The Pulp Invasion: The international pulp and paper industry in the Mekong Region

Posted on Dec 9, 2002

This report was produced in 2000-2001 for the World Rainforest Movement, looking at the current state of the pulp and paper industry in the...

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