STUDY ON THE SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL CRISES IN THAILAND’S
EASTERN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (EEC)
Manushya Foundation in collaboration with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Sajogyo Institute, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), JASIL Environment and Development Association, NGO Forum on Cambodia and the International Land Coalition (ILC) undertook a Desk Study on the Socio-Ecological Crises in Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), as part of a Research Project on Economic Corridors and Ecological Crises in Contemporary Asia.
The desk study focuses on the Great Mekong Subregion (GMS) economic corridors and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in Thailand, analyzing the national strategy and policy framework, the relevant legal framework, the drivers of economic corridors in Thailand, the specific actors and their roles in the EEC, the EEC associated projects and their relations and the overview of impacts of economic corridors. Most importantly, the study examines the socio-ecological crises in the three provinces of the EEC (Chachoengsao, Chonburi and Rayong) and the negative impacts that the EEC would have on affected communities and the environment. The study also provides recommendations to avoid such impacts.
This preliminary desk study forms the basis of Manushya Foundation's work on the EEC and would further inform the conduct of a stronger community-led research, centring communities' voices, concerns and solutions for an EEC respectful of communities' fundamental human rights and the environment.