Known as a national treasure of Cambodia, the Prey Lang forest in Preah Vihear province serves as the main source of livelihoods for indigenous people and is an indispensable part of the country’s forest ecosystem. In the last few years, the forest has come under destruction from logging and large-scale plantations. Youth campaigns are supporting the local communities, who depend on the forest, in an ongoing struggle to protect the forest areas from being completely wiped away.
The Tra Su wetland forests provide food and income for local communities in An Gang province in Vietnam’s Mekong delta. Now the wetlands are being threatened by the extended drought in the Mekong region leading to loss of biodiversity and affecting local people’s livelihoods.
A Singaporean city dweller travels to the Thai countryside to learn more about sustainable food production and local farming knowledge. Sing Yee, a recent university graduate, shares insights from her stay, amidst conversations on farming, food, politics and development with other ASEAN youths and the host community.
The Ywarthit Dam in Karenni State, Myanmar is a huge hydropower project planned for the Salween River. To date communities living nearby have not been consulted, and there is little attention by the media or wider public. Ko Thaike highlights the social and environmental impacts of the project, and says it’s time we talked about it.
Rice farmers in north Thailand’s Phayao are facing rain deficits and crop diseases threatening their farming culture and life.
Learn about the experiences of student volunteers in Vietnam from the story of Le Trong Thang, a student from Can Tho University who is actively working with local people in the Mekong Delta.
Born in a small orchard farming village in Chiang Khong along the Mekong River, Somchai Kuwatthanasakun is now studying in Chiang Rai city. Monticha talks to him about his new urban lifestyle, his childhood along the Mekong River, and how he’s trying to deal with the huge changes rapidly engulfing his family and his rural home.
Local communities are asserting their rights to decide on their development over the Sesan 2 dam being planned in Cambodia. They ask why they have to deal with the dam’s impacts such as resettlement and loss of fisheries while the project will not bring them any benefits, not even the electricity it will produce.
Thuan Nguyen is a 15-year student from Can Tho, Vietnam who is passionate about the Mekong Delta and environmental issues. He voices concerns about the planned Mekong mainstream dams and wants young people to work together to raise awareness about the value of the Mekong Delta.
At the first-ever International Conference on Salween-Thanlwin-Nu Studies, highlights include calls for an end to extractive development, progress towards cooperative river basin management, recognition of local knowledge, and participation of local people from within the river basin, including youth.