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MAEW 2020

Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week (end) 2020

Environment, Democracy, Livelihood, and the Regional Interconnection

25th - 27th September 2020

Friend of BACC Room, 6th Floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand


Background

Southeast Asia countries are facing drastic changes in environment and livelihood especially in the Mekong region where many local communities rely on the Mekong River as water and a food security source. In spite of that, there is very limited public space for all the stakeholders to come together and share their opinions about the issues.

Mekong- ASEAN Environmental Week (MAEW), initiated in 2019, aims to be the public space for local communities, civil society groups, academia and the public in the Mekong and Southeast Asia region to reflect their opinions in order to come up with solutions and collaboration. This year the event is even more special, as it will be held amid the time when the pro-democracy movement is gaining momentum in Thailand and the region highlighting the close-connection between environmental issues and the mainstream political movement.

MAEW2020 is coordinated by Project SEVANA South-East Asia and Thai Society of Environmental Journalists with collaboration and support from numbers of organizations and local communities in Thailand and South East Asia.


PROGRAM

Friday 25th September 2020   


Opening Panel “The Look Back on Environment, Democracy, and Struggling livelihoods in the Mekong and Southeast Asia region”   

10.30   Background and analytical ideas that create MAEW by Premrudee Daoroung – Coordinator, Project SEVANA South-East Asia (Project SEVANA)

 10.45 - 12.30   Opening Panel “The Look Back on Environment, Democracy, and Struggling livelihoods in the Mekong and Southeast Asia region” 

  • Environmental governance, corporate interests and democracy in Southeast Asia by Neth Dano - Co-executive Director, etc GROUP, The Philippines

**Watch her presentation here https://youtu.be/-rm_CfjUzeg 

**Watch his presentation here https://youtu.be/ISZrfK_ze3Y 

  • Industry, cross-border pollution and the needed democracy by Penchom Saetang - Director, Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH)
  • Climate Justice in Mekong and ASEAN by Tara Buakhamsri - Thailand’s Director, Greenpeace Southeast Asia


Moderator: Premrudee Daoroung - Project SEVANA South-East Asia (Project SEVANA)

Watch the video of this panel here: https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/335991897722558

Panel Discussion “In the eyes of Environmental journalists”

13.30 - 15.30   Panel Discussion “In the eyes of Environmental journalists” Hosted by the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists (TSEJ)

Speakers:

  • Anchalee Kongrut, Bangkok Post
  • Yodsaphol Kerdviboon, The Isaarn Record
  • Pipop Panichapak, Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)
  • Dr. Mana Treeayapiwat, The Thai Chamber University / Post journalist at The Manager / Thai Environmental News Award Committee

Moderator:  Udomdetch Khetkeaw, Phetphum Newspaper

Watch the video of this panel here:

https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/392473045130386  

Panel “Meet the creators of the photo exhibitions and films”

15.30 - 16.30   Panel “Meet the creators of the photo exhibitions and films”

**Watch his presentation here https://youtu.be/XmWNgdlxvuU 

  • The short film “The wish of Sin” Award-wining short film from the 1st Mekong River International Film festival and Art of Rivers 2018, Thailand by Thiwthat Narasaen, Director

**Watch his presentation here https://youtu.be/wmVGLiO8-qs 

  • The documentary film “Hoo Sahong, a Fish Corridor Threatened by Dam Development by Yuka Kiguchi - Director, Mekong Watch 

**Watch her presentation here https://youtu.be/oA5AOCUdwfM 

  • The Mekong documentary film “Tonle Sap: On the day that fishes had disappeared” by Suthep Kritsanavarin Documentary Photographer, Pale Blue Dot 


Moderator:
 Chanang Amparak, The Mekong Butterfly

Watch the live-stream video of this panel here:  

https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/392473045130386

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Films screening “The Mekong’s documentary”  

16.30 - 17.30  

“Hoo Sahong, a Fish Corridor Threatened by Dam Development” 
by Mekong Watch

“The wish of Sin” by Khon Khan Film

“Migration from Tonle Sap Lake”  by Austin Meyer, a video and photojournalist

“Tonle Sap: On the day that fishes had disappeared” by Pale Blue Dot Group screened by Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Saturday 26th September 2020


Panel “From Foreign Direct Investment to large scale destructive projects: what and whom we are facing: Part 1”   

10.30 - 12.30        

  • The ongoing struggle on land, forest, and livelihood in Southeast Asia  by Yaya Nur Hidayati, Chairperson, Walhi (Friends of the Earth Indonesia)

**Watch her presentation here https://youtu.be/Nigw5lOQm3Q 

  • The ongoing struggle on land, forest, and livelihood in Southeast Asia  by Zhang Jingjing - Director, The Center for Transnational Environmental Accountability (CTEA), and lecturer in law at the University of Maryland School of Law

**Watch her presentation here https://youtu.be/FpnmtFyPhd8 

  • The missing mechanism in transboundary investment by Sor.Rattamanee Polkla - Community Resource Centre (CRC)/Extra Territorial Obligation Watch Coalitions (ETO Watch)
  • Special Economic Zone in five Mekong countries: Regional growth or a common threat by Pornpana Kuaycharoen - Director, Land Watch Thai
  • Food security for local communities in the region in the time of resources destructions by Ubon Yoowah - Senior Advisor, Thailand’s Alternative Agriculture Network


Moderator: Pratch Rujivanarom - Editor, GreenNews

Watch the video of this panel here:  https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/345022663511109

Panel “From Foreign Direct Investment to large
scale destructive projects: what and whom we are facing: Part 2”

13.30 - 16.00    Panel “From Foreign Direct Investment to large scale destructive projects: what and whom we are facing: Part 2”

  • Myitsone Dam campaign and the concerns over Chinese Investment in Myanmar by Myint Zaw, Journalist, and activist and 2015 recipient of Goldman Environment Prize for Asia

**Watch his presentation here https://youtu.be/uYPZ-gQezD8 

  • Lives, Environment and a better politics by Yingcheep Atchanont - Manager, ILaw
  • The missing food from the Mekong River by Ormbun Thipsuna – Mekong Network, Northeastern Thailand
  • The politics of Regional Energy, impact and trend by Witoon Permpongsacharoen - Director, Mekong Energy and Ecological Network (MEENet)

Moderator: Ass. Prof. Dr. Naruemon Thabchumpon - Deputy Director for Research Affairs, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University

Watch the video of this panel here:  

https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/679792549578455

Panel  Discussion “On Luang Prabang”

16.00 - 17.00  

  • On the documentary film “A River Screams For Mercy”  and the concerns on Luang Prabang Dam, a Short presentation by Tom Fawthrop of Eureka Film
  • The importance of Luang Prabang as the cultural World Heritage         by Montira Unakul, the Cultural Division, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Thailand
  • Presentation and discussion “Earthquakes and active faults in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR”  by Prof. Panya Charusiri - Senior Advisor to the Earthquake and tectonic Geology Research Unit (EATGRU), Chulalongkorn University and Advisor to Thailand’s Department of Mineral Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Film Screening “A River Screams For Mercy” by A Eureka Films, Direct by Tom Fawthrop

Moderator:  Kamol Sukin - Independent Environmental Journalist

Watch the video of this panel here: https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/417024012618169

Sunday 27th September 2020


Panel “The way out: Local voices from the Mekong and Southeast Asia countries”  

10.30 - 12.30   

  • Life after the land grabbing and cross-border investment situation in Cambodia  by Hoy Mai - O Bat Muan Village, Oddor Meanchey Province and Teng Kao - Sre Ambel community, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia 

**Watch their presentations here https://youtu.be/1_0BIB-oC_U

  • The struggle of Orang Asli people to protect their land and forestby Shaq Koyok, Malaysia’s Artist and Orang Asli Indigenous activist

**Watch his presentation here https://youtu.be/ltyDw0fRpMs 

  • The old wound and the new pain of Road Link to Dawei by Saw Keh doh: Thabyu Chaung villager, Dawei, Myanmar

**Watch his presentation here https://youtu.be/SADb5h9ElGE 

  • Resources, livelihood and sustainable agriculture for Laos peopleby Phouvong Phetphayvanh - Laos farmer and filmmaker

**Watch his presentation here: https://youtu.be/reWXG07X7XY

  • Community-owned management on forest, water and energy in Danu Land, Myanmar by Kyi Phyo - Foundation Renewable Energy and Ecology (FREE)

**Watch his presentation here https://youtu.be/tdP--Ugsd4I

  • Mekong and beyond – the hope and the movement together

by Niwat Roikaew - Rak Chiang Khong Group, Chiang Rai Province

Moderator: Premrudee Daoroung, Coordinator, Project SEVANA South-East Asia

Watch the video of this panel here: https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/253331799332839 

Film/Discussion “Years has gone by, the lead ghost still exists” 

13.30 - 14.30    Film/Discussion “Years has gone by, the lead ghost still exists” on the    lead poisoning in Klity Karen village, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand

Speakers:

  • Chalalai Nasuansuwan - a representative from Lower Klity Community Youth Group
  • Sanitsuda Ekachai - Senior Journalist, Bangkok Post
  • Vorapoj Osathapiratana - Dinsorsee Creative Group
  • Chayawee Wangcharoenrung - Director of Domestic Wastewater Section, Pollution Control Department

Moderator: Nicha Wachpanich, GreenNews

Wrap-Up Session by Thitipan Pattanamongkol – President, Thai Society of Environmental Journalists (TSEJ)  

Watch the video of this panel here: https://www.facebook.com/2020MAEW/videos/3480718905329308/?vh=e&extid=0&d=n   

14.30 - 16.00  Film Screening “By the River”, Locarno International Film Festival award-winning documentary about Klity case by Nontawat Numbenchapol

Watch all the 8 panels of MAEW 2020 here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=961045101048118&id=606492703170028

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