Almost 27 years ago, communities in the Rasi Salai lost the wetlands, central to their lives, to a dam that flooded the surrounding lands. Thousands of families are still waiting to be compensated to this day. An economic valuation could measure the loss and its monetary value and help determine appropriate compensation.
Locked in a legal battle with a government bent on building a Special Economic Zone over their homes, a community is split over how to secure their land rights.
The Isaan Record20/07/2018
Floodwaters have receded from two communities in Khon Kaen. Having lost their rice harvest this season, many farmers are awaiting compensation from the government, worried they will be unable to pay off their agricultural loans. As community members return to their daily lives, many are calling for better dam management.
The Isaan Record08/12/2017
The military government made the final payment to former communist insurgents completing an amnesty deal from 35 years ago. But many of them claim they are yet to be paid.
The Isaan Record29/06/2017
Almost 200 families were pushed out of their homes in Khon Kaen City by the construction of a new high-speed railway to connect Thailand, Laos, and China
The city administration paid compensation to affected families but residents say that the amount is far from enough.
The Isaan Record25/04/2017
Arriving early Monday morning, 800 farmers from Nam Phong, Muang, and Sam Soong districts voiced concerns over the compensation they expect to gain from the upcoming rice harvest.