Recognizing community rights in decisions on Mekong hydropower development

Produced by the SUMERNET media-research partnership fund, this documentary video highlights the importance of local community rights to natural resources.

Oung Kham Oo By Oung Kham Oo - Jun 9, 2022

As part of the work of the SUMERNET media-research partnership fund 2022, a group of young journalists from Thailand, Tipakson Manpati, Mingkhawan Thuemor and Decha Khambaomueang, produced a documentary called “Community rights in the Mekong sustainability management”.

The video highlights the need to recognize the rights of the local communities and the impacts on livelihoods in decision-making about hydropower development in Thailand.

SUMERNET media & research partnership

Mingkhawan Thuemor, Decha Khambaomueang and Tipakson Manpati were part of SUMERNET media and research partnership grant. This documentary was published on The Issan Record Prachatai English and Bangkok Tribune.

Community Rights in the Mekong Sustainability Management | Bangkok Tribune (

SUMERNET provided eight grants worth up to US$2,800 to 8 journalists in the Mekong Region (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar) for partnership with SUMERNET and affiliated researchers to produce multimedia products on environmental topics in the Mekong Region.

During the partnership (from June 2021- June 2022), young journalists and multimedia producers have delivered different stories, blogs, documentaries on the environmental issues in collaboration with SUMERNET affiliated researchers from the different countries in the Mekong region. Media-research partnership grantees also organized a series of different trainings and sharing sessions for the media capacity development of the researchers.

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