Ubon Ratchathani locals are wondering why they are being prosecuted for farming on land passed on to them by their parents.
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.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 23, 2019
For centuries the mediums of Rasi Salai have made a pact with ancient spirits, allowing their bodies to be borrowed for a taste of the physical realm in return for visions and wisdom from the otherworld.
The Isaan RecordDecember 15, 2018
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.
The Isaan RecordDecember 7, 2018
The push for industrial farming, biomass power plants, and the extraction of minerals, gas and oil in the Northeast may carry a high price tag for the environment and local communities, warned speakers at a public forum in Ubon Ratchathani this month.
The Isaan RecordOctober 31, 2018
A Mekong riverside community forced to give up fishing as a livelihood due to the damming of the Mekong river in China is now turning to growing Cavendish bananas for export to China.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 26, 2018
Last weekend, over 1,000 people gathered at the annual rice ceremony in Rasi Salai District in Si Sa Ket Province. The agricultural ceremony plays an important role for the region.
The Isaan RecordJanuary 30, 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 RecordDecember 8, 2017
Two communities in Khon Kaen struggle with this year’s flooding. Donations have come in from private organizations and companies, yet many needs remain unaddressed.