KLONG YAI, TRAT
Land without rights The Had Lek community in Trat, Thailand lies on the Thai-Cambodian border with the narrowest strip in the country, ranging just around 450 m in width. The fishery is the most common occupation in the area, given its ideal geography. But with that, fishermen and their families have moved in, building cramped houses on illegal lands and waters, and so creating tension between civilians and the government. By entering the neighborhood and conducting research with locals, PCN has been able to develop design solutions toward more sustainable and conflict-free communities. Long-term residents are no longer evicted or forced out of their homes, while newcomers no longer trespass or build on the unpermitted territory. The Had Lek community will serve as a successful model for others in situations like it to follow.
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