When the Mekong has no fish, and the land can’t grow

The government’s push to reclaim forest land from encroachers in Ubon Ratchathani’s Khong Chiam district has threatened members of two communities who now face arrest and eviction from their land. To make things worse, construction of Chinese dams in the upper Mekong River in the past decade has severely impacted fish stocks and local livelihoods that depend on fishing.

Eviction postponed, Baw Kaew villagers claim tentative victory

After the eviction deadline for Baw Kaew was extended in a surprise decision on Monday, villagers and their supporters celebrated their tentative victory. But the community’s decade-long battle for their right to land is set to escalate again when the extension expires in late September.

The avatars of Rasi Salai

In Rasi Salai, “the capital city of spirits,” locals use their connections to ancient forest spirits to protest development projects and protect the environment.

What mushrooms tell us about Isaan’s ecological future

What do mushrooms and Isaan people have in common? They both flourish in difficult places, and are resilient enough to make those places home. Both have been affected by changes in recent decades that were as much economic as ecological: exploitation of labor and forest lands, migration of working people and the disappearance of mushroom […]