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Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week (MAEW) 2023

“Beyond Boundaries: Peoples Uniting in Defending Rights"

September 2023

Bangkok, Ubon Ratchathani Province, and online


MAEW2023 Full Program and Registration Links

"Discussion/workshop “Energy Democratization for Thailand's Sustainable Future”

Speakers

- Witoon Permpongsacharoen, Mekong Energy and Ecology Network (MEENet)

- Chuenchom S. Greacen, An independent energy researcher

- Sopitsuda Tongsopit, Solar and Energy Storage Specialist in California (online)

- Pasapong Gamonwet Deputy Manager of Power Purchase and Cost Management Division, Power Economics Policy Department Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand

Moderator: Witoon Permpongsacharoen, Mekong Energy and Ecology Network (MEENet)

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"Mekong young farmers in action: Exploring agroecological pathway towards the future of our food system"

By the three farmers from three countries;

- Mr. Siwakorn Odochao, Mae Wang District, Chiang Mai Province

- Ms. Theingi Knin, Kachin State, Myanmar

- Mr. Thoem Phann, Kamphong Chhnang Province, Cambodia Opening talk by Ubon Yoowah, Advisor of the Alternative Agriculture Network (AAN)

Moderator: Kingkorn Narintarakul, Food for Change 

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“Beyond boundaries: The corporations and states VS people and environment”

Songs from “The Messenger”, the labor musician Group from Cambodia (15 minutes)

- “The situation of the Mekong Migrant worker” by - Somchai Homlaor, Foundation for Human Rights and Development (HRDF) and;

- Chai Jarm, Tai Yai migrant worker

- Politics and the young generation: Look the region through the situation in Thailand by Rangsiman Rome, Member of the House of Representatives, Moving Forward Party

- “Indigenous Women: Rights and Struggles” by Abby Dupale, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights Online

- “States and Corporations in Large-scale, crossing-borders Investments” by Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South

- “Myanmar today” by Khin Ohmar, Progressive Voice

- “River, Fishery and our Life” by Aut Long, Coalition of Cambodia Fishers (CFF) และ Action Research Team (ART), Cambodia

Moderator: Premrudee Daoroung, Project SEVANA South-East Asia

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“Campaign experience across the region”

by representatives of young activists from various campaigns and countries including;

- Mr. Jerwin “Jhewoung” Capatoy, STEP Sierra Madre, the network against Kaliwa Dam in the Philippines

- Ko Aung Khant Thu, Artist and democracy activist from Myanmar

- Sokunmolika Sethy, Social Action for Community Development (SACD) Cambodia

Moderator Gary Lee, International Rivers (IRs)

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“Fresh from the field: Change, suffering, hope and the future In the Eyes of Mekong Peoples”

- “The Mekong Farmers” by Dr. Prapart Pintoptang

- “The Eastern Economic Corridor: What it is telling us?” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chaiyon Praditsilp, Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy for Sustainable Development Program Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University Chanthaburi Province

- “Huay Mak Tai village: From Pak Mun to Phou Ngoy Dam” by Premrudee Daoroung, Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM)

Commentator: Prof. Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo Moderator: Kheetanat Wannaboworn, Focus on the Global South

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“Thai Direct Investment: Impacts on Community, Environment and Human Rights Violations”

- Two books introduction by Chanang Umpharak, The Mekong Butterfly

- Gas pipeline project in Myanmar by Teerachai Sancharoenkitthavorn, The Mekong Butterfly

- Dams in Lao PDR by Pairin Sohsai, International Rivers

- Progress on sugar cases in Cambodia by Sor. Rattanamanee Polkla, Community Resource Center Foundation

- Compilation overview on the previous 11 cases and in Book 2 by Worawan Sukrarerk, EarthRights International.

Moderator: Chanang Umpharak, The Mekong Butterfly

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"Community's Climate Resilience: People's Voices and Actions"

- Amornrat Thongpat, Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT)

- Qomarrun Nazmi, Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI)

- Venerable THO Thoross, Sang Rukhavoan Community Forestry

- Emily Fajardo, Coal Free / Nuclear Free Bataan Movement (CFBM/NFBM) #KaBaRo

Reflection: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Narumon Arunotai, CUSRI "Reflections on the importance of local knowledge and wisdom on climate change resilience"

Facilitatator: Galileo de Guzman Castillo from Focus on the Global South 

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“Ubon Ratchathani: Value, Natural Resourcesand Life along the Mun and Mekong Rivers”

- Nikorn Weesapen, Human rights lawyer

- Sompong Viengchan, A representative of the affected communities by Pak Mun Dam

- Mongkol Julathat, President of the chamber of commerce of Ubon Ratchathani Province

- Ass. Prof. Kanokwan Manorom, Director of Mekong Sub-Region Social Research Center (MSSRC), Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University

Moderator: Kamol Homklin, Thai Isaan PBS, Media for Happiness Foundation

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“Mekong Dam and Impacts to Ubon Ratchathani”

- Sorn Champadok, Community representative from the affected area by the Mekong Mainstream dam in Phosai District, Ubon Ratchathani Province

- Wittayakara Sowatta, writer

- Sujinum Jaikaew, Young farmers from Khemarat District

- The award winners from the photo contest Overview and

Moderate by: Premrudee Daoroung, Project SEVANA South-East Asia

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Special Lecture “Downstream Impacts of Dams in Northeastern Cambodia”

-Dr. Ian Baird, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (In the Northeastern Thai dialect)

-Welcoming speech by Associate Professor Dr. Surasak Khamkhong, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, UbonRatchathani University

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“Crossing the fear frontier: Experience of the activists in the region”

Welcoming speech by Associate Professor Dr. Surasak Khamkhong, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts Speakers;

- Mr. Jerwin "Jhewoung" Capatoy, STEP Sierra Madre A young activist fighting against Kaliwa Dam in the Philippines

- Loem Sreymom, Workers' Information Center, Cambodia

- Phay Phanya.Mother Nature Cambodia

Moderator: Associate Professor Kanokwan Manorom, Director of Mekong Sub-Region Social Research Center (MSSRC), Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University

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“Esarn (Northeastern Thailand): the past, present and future of natural resources access”

- Wittayakara Sowatta, Writer and the owner of PhiladelphiaBookshop

- Kotchakorn Bualumlum, writer, the Isaan Records

- Dr. Ian Baird, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Discuss in the Northeastern Thai dialect)

Moderator: Sodsai Srangsok, Pak Mun and Mekong researcher

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