Only 97 emails sent to the Australian ambassador so far.
Denise has a very good excuse, but it would be fantastic if more
people can take the 30 seconds that it took me to send the email.
Thanks RIcki for sharing.
On 09/07/2007, at 1:09 PM, Russell Woodford wrote:
From Ricki Coughlan
Begin forwarded message:
From: Ricki Coughlan <>
Date: 9 July 2007 1:02:28 PM
In April 2006 a 33km seawall was completed at Saemangeum on the
Yellow Sea coast of South Korea. The wall excluded the tide from
400 square kilometres of mudflat which was the most important
staging area for many species of migratory shorebirds which visit
the Yellow Sea as they travel ffrom Australia to their breeding
grounds in Siberia each year. This action completed the creation
of the now infamous Saemangeum Reclamation Area. It will certainly
increase pressure on the Threatened Spoon-billed Sandpiper and
Nordmann's Greenshank, both of which number 1000 or less
individuals. There is every likelyhood that the reclamation will
bring about a reduction in migratory shorebird numbers overall -
as former visitors to Saemangeum compete with other populations
around the Yellow Sea for resources - and we are particularly
concerned about the one third of the global population (280,000)
of Great Knot which relied upon this region for refuelling before
proceeding to their Siberian breeding grounds each year.
The South Korean government can find no use for the "reclaimed"
site but, despite this, there is no realistic chance of having the
wall removed. The chances are good that some of the site can be
returned to nature if the sluice gates on the wall are fully
opened, permitting the reintroduction of a tidal flow and I am
appealling to all of you to assist me in calling for this take
take place. You can do so by visiting http://
www.restoresaemangeum.com. Admittedly, the likelyhood of attaining
even this concession is not good. However, to do nothing will only
encourage continued reclamation activity on more sites along the
South Korean coastline and beyond. This is part of a range of
actions which are currently in train and which are aimed at
restoring Saemangeum and discouraging further reclamations in the
region so please lend just a few moments to act on behalf of the
magnificent migratory shorebirds.
Cremorne Point, Sydney
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