Oxfam wraps up “Along the Mekong with Sai” campaign to raise awareness of important of Mekong River
Phnom Penh, 23 June 2022_Today, Oxfam organizes a press conference to wrap up a four-month campaign called ‘Along the Mekong with Sai.’ This campaign is to promote ecotourism, the livelihood of the vulnerable communities along the Mekong who are affected by the change of water flow, and rising threats to food security.
The campaign’s name dedicated to a journey on the Mekong River of a Goodwill Ambassador, Oun Batham, a Cambodian singer and performer, known as Sai, to the northern parts of Cambodia- Ratanakiri, Stung Treng and Kratie in March 2022.
Sai’s journey was to capture the stunning beauty of the Mekong, expose in diverse cultures and local practices, and listen to the voices of women, men, indigenous people and other members of the most marginalized community residing along the Mekong.
Ms. Sophean Phean, Oxfam National Director, said: “Along the Mekong with Sai” campaign aims to promote the awareness on the richness of the Mekong River Basin and its importance to life of millions of Mekong citizens as well as to link a meaningful participation and dialogue between youth and affected communities – especially vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities and indigenous people who are the main targets of the project. Oxfam National Director. “The campaign came to an end but the mission to protect the Mekong River and promote the livelihood of Mekong citizen will remain.”
Sai, our campaign Ambassador said, " Rivers carry water and nutrient to all around the world and it is human life especially those dependent community. After the boat trip, I feel deeply connected to river- thank Oxfam for allowing me the opportunity to explore the richness of our Mekong river and the life of the community especially those indigenous and vulnerable group whose life and culture are connected to the river and forest.
"My message to young people to join force to protect the river together. It does not belong to anyone but all of us. River is our life,” said Sai.
Through this campaign, we hopes to attract more tourists who will visit the recreational areas along the Mekong River in support of the livelihoods of the people living there.
Ms. Nang Noy, a Project Manager of 3SPN organization based in Ratanakiri province and a partner of Oxfam who co-organized the campaign believe that this campaign will be able to spread information about the indigenous people who live along this river to the public to understand how they depend on water and especially the issues that women living along the rivers are facing. "Even if we are tired, we are still happy. If this campaign is not useful, it must be exhausting. But this campaign allow our indigenous people an opportunity to learn.”
“The Face of the Mekong” which is the video as part of the outcome of Along the Mekong with Sai Campaign has been selected to the biggest film festival in Cambodia (CIFF). The premier screening will take place on 30th June, 2022 at Chaktomuk Theatre as part of the Mekong Discovery Program.
The Inclusion Project 2 is the project in the Mekong Regional Water Governance Program. The IP2 aims to have more inclusive, equitable water governance that reduces the impact of climate change and increases social accountability to citizens in the Greater Mekong Basin. The program envisions that communities living along the Mekong and Salween River basins are able to realize their rights to sustainable livelihoods.
Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) is Cambodia's largest international film and cultural event. Initiated in 2010, it acts as a catalyst for the film sector initiative gathering more than 20,000 participants each year. CIFF also acts as a bridge between Cambodia and the world through the universal language of film and culture; CIFF also promotes the circulations of films within the region and promotes Cambodian productions.
The Mekong Discovery day is part of a Beautiful planet section of the CIFF that dedicated to environmental education and climate change. This yearly program presents a selection of films and discussions on a diversity of topics that include: wildlife loss, deforestation, the essential rivers and marine conservation, rainforest, Arctic regions, transportation, power, water and food management, climate change, pollutions, indigenous populations, agriculture.
Ms. Phally Ngoeum