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Updates from Bui National Park Print E-mail

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The Bui Lake is now about 25% full and the hippo population has not moved from the park; hippos in the lake area are occupying the shallow tributaries which are not yet inundated. The new lake has been providing extremely good fishing, but the old policy of letting fisherman catch and smoke fish in the southern part of the park has been discontinued.  The fishing community of Akanyakrom who previously  lived on the banks of the river, have been relocated to a site almost 4km from the river. Consequently fishermen must paddle to the Bole area to fish – fishermen claim this takes two hours. The new lake is very dangerous to navigate and four fishermen have drowned in recent months. 

The cost of the Bui Dam was originally estimated at $622 million and is now estimated at almost $800 million. It is financed with $60 million from Ghana and $560 million of concessional loans  and buyers credits from China.. Currently there is a shortfall of $168 million. The resettlement package from Bui Power Authority is $60 per month per household for a year. For a typical household with nine people (four adults and 5 children) this works out at about $1.50 per person per week. 

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Sources
http://newtimes.com.gh/story/bui-dam-to-be-ready-in-2012
http://www.modernghana.com/newsthread1/300594/1/
http://ghanadamsdialogue.iwmi.org/newsletter.aspx
http://www.modernghana.com/news/331114/1/actionaid-holds-forum-for-bui-resettlement-communi.html
http://www.tain.ghanadistricts.gov.gh/?arrow=nws&read=15690

 
 

 

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The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project - Research
butaan3.jpgThe only obligate fruit-eaters among reptiles are three species of monitor lizard that live in the Philippines. Frugivorous vertebrates tend to be able to fly (almost all are bats and birds) and so these lizards have a unique ecological role as highly specialized and relatively immobile fruit eaters. Before this project started, the only studies of this unique giant and endangered lizard had involved killing the animals. We have developed a set of techniques that allow us to learn about these animals in a completely non-destructive way.
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