The land grabbing both in urban and rural
areas in Cambodia has been recognized internationally as the main obstacle to
the country’s development for the well-being of its people. While the land in
urban areas, including the middle of Phnom Penh, has been the target for the
large-scale investment, since 2008, it was recorded that 2.6 million hectares –
or 76 % of the country’s arable land – were passed from the hands of farmers to
those of agricultural companies, in order to export essentially sugar and rubber.
Among others, are the powerful Thai sugar companies that are investing and
engaging in the land-grabbing business in Cambodia.
Project SEVANA was honored to display the set of photographs related to the land issue of Mr. Jonas Gratzer, the Swedish photographer who was named Photographer of the Year by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand in 2015. Jonas gave the support to us by allowing his work to exhibit along with the Project SEVANA organized panel "Migrant workers as a consequence of land grab: Change of lives and communities, and potential impacts to the region” (Cases of Cambodia migrant workers relocated from sugar cane plantation areas in Oddor Meanchey Province)" at the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand on 18th July 2018
See more of Jonas Gratzer work at;
Roengrit Kongmuang, a photographer and activist who has been involved with various environmental issues. His work on Xe Pian - Xe Namnoy Dam was exhibited and use everywhere during the trip of Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM) to Korea in 2018. Roengrit has kindly allowed us to use his pictures on different occasions in continue.
His important set of photos on the people of Attapeu which was published in many magazines, including the Korean magazine.
The work of Roeungrit on Attapeu can be seen at:
The Mekong’s documentary films showing at the Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week 2020
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)