Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, Empowerment of Fishing Communities Affected by Illegal Sand Mining (2015 Impact Grant)
On the heels of a successful public education and peaceful resistance campaign that effectively stopped the construction of an environmentally damaging hydro dam in the precious Areng Valley, Cambodia; Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson and the brave team behind Mother Nature has launched another non violent campaign to end the illegal and dangerous practice of sand mining in the fragile mangrove forests of Koh Kong, Cambodia. The local Mother Nature activists have experienced great success in peacefully stopping the majority of the sand mining, but are now faced with severe governmental repercussions including several of the local activists being jailed on fabricated charges. Their impact grant will help Mother Nature continue to be a vocal and fierce advocate for local communities that are peacefully rising up to protest illegal and environmentally destructive practices all over Cambodia.
2015 Impact Grant Award Winner