How ‘Mother Nature Cambodia’ fights environmental harm in an authoritarian state

The Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’, has been conferred to the Cambodian environmental rights group Mother Nature Cambodia. They have successfully stopped major projects including the construction of a dam and the export of sand from coastal estuaries. They operate in a tough political climate in what is essentially an authoritarian state. This work has come at a cost, with 11 of their activists jailed and dozens arrested over the years, and its founder forced to flee the country.

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