Loading

Mother Nature Cambodia NGO

Strategy

In 2015, Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson founded the NGO 'Mother Nature Cambodia' to campaign with local communities from the Koh Kong region to protect the area┬┤s mangrove ecosystems from the effects of sand mining.

Their work is based on two primary approaches: 1) Information campaigns; & 2) Peaceful protests and direct actions (such as boarding sand-dredging boats)

Objectives

Call upon the authorities and companies to stop dredging until a full investigation on the impacts of their activities on the local environment takes place.

Raise awareness about the implications of dredging for the environment and its effects on communities, and mobilize the communities.

Insist on conducting prior informed consultations with local communities.

Some Risks and Threats

In August 2015, three members of mother Nature cambodia, San Mala, Sim Samnang and Try Sovikea, were arrested and arbitrarily detained on the grounds of 'threatening to cause destruction.'
In July 2016, international and local campaign led to San Mala, Sim Samnang and Try Sovikea's release.
San Mala, Sim Samnang and Try Sovikea Were ordered to pay fines of $500 each as well as $25,000 in compensation to the dredging company.
MOTHER NATURE CAMBODIA'S CO-FOUNDER Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson was deported from Cambodia in February 2015 following a successful campaign to stop the construction of a hydroelectric project.
In early 2016, charges were leveled against Alejandro.
Alejandro was held in prison for two years. he is not allowed to return to Cambodia, even to attend his own trial.
In August 2019, the Koh Kong provincial court dropped the case against Alejandro.
Local authorities banned a two-day human rights training session organized by Mother Nature Cambodia for Ta Meak community members.

Support

Urgent appeals about the cases of the detained EHRDs have been issued by, inter alia, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Cambodia, and the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

Funds, including from Front Line Defenders, Freedom House, and Civil Rights Defenders, helped Mother Nature Cambodia cover the on-going costs of supporting the activists in jail, including by organizing family visits, facilitating communications, and providing food.

In February 2016, a joint statement by 22 human rights organizations was issued declaring support for the organization and condemning the crackdown against the activists.

Credits:

1. Charles Pieters; mangrove 1; January 16, 2011; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 2. Cristina Bejarano; mangroves; September 13, 2012; (CC BY 2.0). 3. Official logo. 4. Zol m; sand dredge; October 22, 2018; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 5. Taken from phnompenhpost.com 6. Global Partnership for Education; Cambodia community preschools; April 24, 2015; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 7. Craig Hamnett; prison shutters; December 7, 2014; (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).