Stop massive destruction of wader habitat

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Subject: Stop massive destruction of wader habitat
From: "Phil Straw" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 17:57:56 +1000
Many of you may have heard about the fight to stop the biggest loss of wader habitat anywhere in the world. An area which will have a major impact on a large proportion of (Australian) migratory waders that move through the area on migration. This is a time when international opinion may easily help to protect the area as outlined below, from WWF Australia.
Phil Straw
Vice Chair Australasian Wader Studies Group
A critical habitat for shorebirds in South Korea is threatened with
destruction by a government plan to 'reclaim' more than 40,000 hectares of tidal-flat behind a 33km sea-wall.

The Saemangeum reclamation project is the largest of its kind in the
world and will have serious consequences for migratory birds, as well
as coastal fisheries and communities.

A recent court ruling has halted the project and demanded a
re-evaluation of its aims. We now have a chance to shift the South
Korean government's stance on this ecologically disastrous proposal.

A final decision is expected within the next 2-3 months, possibly as
soon as the next few weeks. Please take action now to save this
special area, visited by hundreds of thousands of birds every year -

Please sign our panda passport petition!


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